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International Travel

West Virginia University International Travel Clinic

Travel to the developing world requires careful preparation to be a healthy, enjoyable experience. Such preparation includes acquiring a passport, packing properly, learning about the destination, and making arrangements to safeguard one’s health. Travel health, or emporiatrics, is a branch of medicine that aims to prepare travelers for contact with foreign diseases. Travel clinics provide vaccinations against exotic and routine illness as well as prevention and treatment regimens for malaria and traveler’s diarrhea. The West Virginia University International Travel Clinic provides an in-depth clinical and computer assessment of any itinerary with specific recommendations and on-site vaccinations. It is the only designated yellow fever vaccination site in north-central West Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travel Guidelines, the International Association of Medical Assistance to Traveler’s (IAMAT) and TRAVAX Encompass (a weekly updated travel information system) and SOS International Alerts are utilized as resources. An extensive travel packet and international certificate of vaccinations are provided at your visit. To download these forms, please visit the Travel Forms Page and save the documents on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Services offered by the WVU International Travel Clinic:

Travel Vaccinations

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Twinrix
  • (Hepatitis A & B combination)
  • Immune Globulin
  • Influenza
  • Japanese Encephalitis (Special Order)
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio-inactivated (IPV)
  • Rabies Vaccine (Special Order)
  • Tetanus-diphtheria (Td)
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
  • Varivax (Chicken Pox)

Related Services:

  • Malaria Prevention Regimens
  • Finding a physician abroad
  • Jetlag reduction
  • Sun precautions
  • Motion sickness prevention
  • Altitude sickness prevention
  • Crime prevention
  • Safety issues/Travel advisories
  • Cultural information
  • Climate information
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Protocols

The travel clinic provides comprehensive and “mini-travel” visits. Visits are determined by risk assessment based on destination, itinerary, length of stay and nature of travel. A comprehensive travel appointment lasts one hour; mini-travel appointments last 30 minutes.

Appointments are required

To schedule your appointment, please call 304-293-6584. Appointments are available from 4pm-8pm on Tuesdays and 8am-12pm on Wednesdays.

What you should bring to your appointment?

  • Questionnaire For International Travelers (Word Document)
  • Travel dates, itinerary, and type of accommodations.
  • Past immunization records: information including tetanus, Hepatitis B, past travel immunizations and an international certificate of vaccination if you have one.
  • List of allergies and any medications you are currently taking.
  • Recommendations, if any, from travel agent or organization.
  • Knowledge of any future international travel plans.
  • Payment.

Fee

  • Students with Health Service Fee: $30.00-50.00 plus vaccination costs. Students seeking physicals required by WVU’s Study Abroad Program should call the central appointment desk at 304-293-6584 to schedule a Study Abroad Physical. Exception: students between semesters preparing to study abroad should schedule their Study Abroad Physical appointment through the WVU International Travel Clinic.
  • Non-student/General Public: $55.00-90.00 plus vaccination costs
  • Payment required at time of service by credit card or debit card.
  • We do not bill private insurance. We are not a Medicare provider.

Travel Pitfalls

  1. Not allowing enough time to complete vaccinations is one of the most common mistakes travelers make. It is advisable to start at least six weeks (in some cases more) before departure. Ideally, appointments should be requested at least two months prior to departure.
  2. Don’t assume that vaccinations are not a good idea just because the destination country doesn’t require them. Their regulations are usually more concerned with the health of their own citizenry than with your health.
  3. Over treatment and under treatment can be avoided if recommendations are based on travel type/duration/regional itinerary rather than on just a list of the destination countries.

Staff

Gregory Juckett, M.D., MPH (American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene’s Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine, and Certificate in Travel Health™ )

Address

West Virginia University International Travel Clinic
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, PO Box 9247, Morgantown, WV 26506
PHONE (304) 293-6584
FAX (304) 293-4333

For GPS users, input: Robert C. Byrd, Health Sciences Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506