Undergraduate Medical Education

Travel Clinic

Services Offered

The International Travel Clinic is especially designed to serve UCSD students going abroad and is conveniently located at the Student Health and Wellness Center in the main campus.

The recommended time to visit them is 6-8 weeks before your departure. Pick up a Student Health History form and complete all current and childhood immunizations prior to your Travel Clinic visit. There is a fee of approximately $25 which includes the following personalized travel package and services:

  • Determination of current required and recommended immunizations based on your itinerary, personal history of immunizations, and planned activities. The clinic uses the most current CDC/WHO/Shoreland's computerized services and receives weekly updates on health conditions worldwide.
  • Official International Certificate of Vaccination. Some countries require this for entry with proof of Yellow Fever and Cholera vaccinations, and failure to comply will result in denial to enter the country.
  • Detailed report of your destination country including geography, climate, malaria and other health risks, travel advisories on the social/political environment, embassy location and phone numbers.
  • Prescriptions to prevent malaria and traveler's diarrhea. Risks and benefits of different prophylactic regimens discussed.
  • General advice on precautionary measures for food, drink, climate, and first-aid kit.

Immunization prices

The following is a list of immunizations and lab work available at the Travel Clinic. Some immunizations might no be offered for some periods of time and prices are approximate.

DESCRIPTION COST
Blood Typing $10.00
Chest X-ray

$37.00

EKG -by provider; no charge if ordered for medical problem $54.00
Hepatitis A- Series of 2 injections: day 0 and 6-12 months later

$55.00/inj

Hepatitis B- Series of 3 injections: day 0, 1 month, and 6 months. Medical students should all be vaccinated; Med. School pays for Ab status. Others students pay to check Ab status (response to vaccine). $33.00/inj Ab status: $15.70
HIV Testing- Confidential $10.00
Influenza- Yearly, between late Sep-Nov $7.50
Japanese Encephalitis- series of 3 injections: day0, day 7, and day 14 or 30 $74.00
Lyme Disease- Series of 3 injections: day 0, 1 mo., and 12mos. Vaccine only protects against U.S. strains

$60.00

Malaria Pills- Travel appt. required. Tablets may be cheaper in destination country, but must start taking them 2-3 weeks before departure. Mefloquine $7.50/tab; Chloroquine $4.00/tab; Plaquenil $0.35/tab
Measles, Mumps, Rubells (MMR) $2.00
Meningococcal- Booster every 2-3 years in high risk areas $65.00
Polio (injectable) $25.00
Rabies- Booster every 2 years or as titers drop by blood tested IF in high risk situations. Series of 3 injections: day 0, day 7, and day 21 or 28

$127.50/dose

X 3

RPR- Syphilis blood test for diagnosis $4.05
TB skin test- included in $50 Physicals $6.00
Tetanus/Diphtheria- Booster every 10 years $6.00
Typhoid (injectable) $37.00
Varicella- Series of 2 injections: day 0 and 4-8 weeks later $50.00/inj
Yellow Fever- booster every 10 years if in high risk areas

$65.00

In addition, Patricia Combs, R.N. has the following references which you can use in her office at the International Travel Clinic:

1. International Society of Travel Medicine Membership Directory. Has contact names, phones, fax, and e-mails of doctors worldwide who can give immunizations. It could serve as a contact list for electives!!

2. Textbook of Travel Medicine and Health by Dupont and Steffen

3. The Safe Travel Book by Peter Savage

4. International Travel Health Guide by Stuart Rose

Making Appointments

Travel Clinic-call (858) 534-8089 for appt. Make sure it is 6-8 weeks before departure and fill out a Student Health History form with all current and childhood immunizations prior to your Travel Clinic visit.

Mailing address:
Student Health and Wellness Center
International Travel Clinic
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0039
La Jolla, CA 92093

For more info, on each disease and indications for immunizations, check the UCSD student health web site at

http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/shs/travel.html External Site / New Window

International SOS Assistance, INC.

As of September 1999, UCSD School of Medicine requires all students participating in an international elective to obtain a Medical Assistance Policy through AEA International SOS Assistance, Inc. As the world's largest medical assistance company, International SOS provides a wide range of services to more than 40 million students, scholars, and leisure and business travelers who are studying or traveling overseas. It costs $95.00/month and includes pre-medical referrals, a network of 24-hr alarm centers with telephone assistance throughout the world, evacuation, repatriation, emergency medical intervention and treatment. Proof of this insurance, or of an alternative policy that covers all of the above, should be attached to the International Extramural Elective Form (blue form).

For additional information about SOS, their Scholastic Overseas Services program, and online enrollment process, link to: http://www.internationalsos.com/buymembership/External Site / New Window. If you are a member of IHMEC you are entitled to a 20% discount on your enrollment. To claim this benefit, make sure to do the following: After you enroll, there will be a page asking "Where did you hear from us?" Enter "IHMEC member."

Mailing address:
AEA International SOS Assistance, Inc.
PO Box 11568
Philadelphia, PA 19116
Ph: (800) 767-1403

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