Global Health Center

Ways To Protect Your Health While Abroad

Visit Einstein's Faculty Practice or your personal physician before you leave.

Schedule a consultation 

Schedule a travel consultation with Einstein Faculty Practice or your personal physician 6-8 weeks before you depart

You'll discuss:

  • vaccinations
  • traveling with medication
  • other health concerns in the destination

Schedule your appointment early; many immunizations are given in a series over time

For more information: 

For additional info on vaccines and other health concerns, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travelers' website and use the drop-down menu for destinations 

 

Practice safe sex

If you are sexually active while traveling, practice safe sex

  • Latex condoms might not be available so take your own supply
 Take your medications

Tips for taking medications 

Research if your medications are legal in your destination (e.g., Sudafed is not legal in Japan)

  • Consult the embassy in your destination
  • Discuss medications during your travel health consultation

Generally, you want to bring all the medications that you think you'll need during your trip (whether prescription or over-the-counter)

  • Keep the medications in their original containers
  • Take the actual prescription with you (with the drug's generic name and dosage)
  • Take the prescription and medications in carry-on luggage
  • Also take extra glasses, contacts, and contact solution
 Consider disclosing health and disability needs

When and what to disclose 

  • With your parents/guardian and physician, assess any physical or mental health conditions that may be adversely affected by travel abroad
  • Then consider self‐disclosing existing health issues to your group leader, the study abroad program, or your university abroad to help them be better prepared to assist you should the need arise
 Understand travel's effects on mental health

Impact of study abroad on mental health 

Study abroad can have a significant impact on your mental health

  • Increased vulnerability to loneliness, depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts
  • Existing problems can become worse
  • Treatment for mental health problems can be hard to find outside the U.S.

Know that it is very common for students to receive treatment for mental health issues during college and study abroad

Consider disclosing voluntarily 

Create a support network:  disclose mental health conditions to your group leader or advisor before you leave

Mental health emergencies 

If you or someone else is having suicidal thoughts, tell someone who can help right away:

  • Call your doctor's office
  • Call the local emergency services
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room
  • Tell your faculty or program director, or someone else leading the trip
  • Don't leave a suicidal person alone, even for a second 
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