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The University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic offers travel consultations for students, faculty and staff. It is essential that you request your travel consultation as soon as you have a complete itinerary (including flights/layovers). Appointments will be scheduled 4-8 weeks prior to departure. During your consultation, recommended/required vaccines, other medications possibly needed for travel, as well as health/safety information about your destination/s, will be discussed. Several vaccines are given as a series and can take several weeks and/or months to complete. Planning early will allow you to avoid possible appointment waiting lists and potential vaccine/medication shortages. Please review the UNI Student Health Clinic International Travel Health Checklist.
The University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic will try to accommodate all students, faculty, and staff, but at peak times it may take up to 6 weeks to get an appointment.
Mandatory information required prior to your appointment:
1. Prior to requesting your appointment, you must have a complete travel itinerary (including flights and layovers).
2. Complete a Request for Travel Consultation and turn into the clinic with a COMPLETE immunization record. A registered nurse will review this form and you will be contacted via email to schedule your appointment. No appointments will be scheduled without a completed request.
3. Bring your health insurance card with you to your appointment. See below for possible fees.
Travel Consultation Fees
Requests for travel consultations will be reviewed and a determination made on the level of travel consultation required for your trip. Travelers to low risk countries with up-to-date immunizations may not require a in-clinic consultation. When you are contacted by the travel health nurse to schedule your appointment they will inform you of the cost and length of appointment for your consultation visit. Travel consultations are not included in the mandatory student health fee. Students not enrolled in summer classes may request a travel consultation during the summer months. Students traveling in the fall for university programs that are not taking classes on campus fall semester may request a travel consultation during the summer.
You will be billed for vaccines and/or travel medications. Fees for vaccines/immunizations and medication will vary. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company prior to your travel consultation to determine coverage for these services. Keep in mind that different insurance plans cover different services and you will be responsible for any unpaid charges. The Student Health Clinic will file a claim for students, faculty, and staff to their health insurance company. For any unpaid charges, UNI students may charge this to their U-bill account. Faculty and staff may have their travel consultation and immunizations payroll deducted.
Travel Immunizations and Medications offered at the SHC:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Twinrix (combination Hepatitis A & B)
- Typhoid fever (capsules, injectable available as needed)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis [whooping cough](Tdap)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Yellow Fever-currently unavailable until end of 2018
- TB skin testing
- Malaria prevention medication prescription
- Medication for motion sickness and traveler's diarrhea
After your trip
Travel related illness can occur weeks to months after you return.
If after you return from your trip and you experience any health problems, contact a medical provider. Make sure your provider knows you have been outside of the US in the last 12 months. Students may make an appointment at the University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic. Faculty and staff should contact their own medical provider.
You should make a post travel appointment to see your health care provider if you were told to have a tuberculosis skin test three months after you return.
Questions can be directed to:
Salem Fauser RN, BSN at the UNI Student Health Clinic 319-273-5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org