International Travel Advisory.
The Travel Advisory program is an information and vaccination service that is available to Drew University students who are planning to travel internationally. The program is designed to assist student travelers who are participating in either Drew sponsored programs, or independent travel. The purpose of this program is to advise students about safe and healthy travel, and help them plan for and receive the appropriate vaccinations.
Persons who participate in the Travel Advisory program receive a private 30 minute consultation where a customized travel and vaccination plan is developed. All recommendations are done with the traveler’s own health history and previous travel experiences in mind. Students fill out a travel questionnaire that will help identify any personal health risks. Recommendations and/or modifications are made in accordance with the personal health history and the CDC recommendations.
When vaccinations are recommended for a particular country, current CDC guidelines are used to determine whether the vaccine is required, highly recommended or optional. Travelers also receive information and advice about food and water precautions, travel tips, parasitic precautions, and malaria prevention. Most travel vaccines can be obtained on-campus at the Health Service at a discount. The Health Service is also licensed to give the Yellow Fever vaccine.
*This information was obtained from the Princeton University Health Services travel website. Princeton adapted this information from the brochure “From the U.S. to Seoul, How to Beat Jet Lag,” prepared by the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Council, General Chronobionics, Inc. 1988.
Jet lag refers to the physical and mental effects the body suffers when traveling rapidly across numerous time zones. The condition results from the disruption of the traveler’s normal sleep-wake cycle. As a result, the traveler may experience indigestion, daytime sleepiness, headaches, changes in blood pressure, fatigue, and poor concentration. Symptoms generally begin when there is a 2-hour difference and typically increase with the number of time zone crossed.
Jet lag reduction involves the adjustment of major time cues. These include diet, light, exercise, drugs, and social interactions. Adjusting these time cues before and during travel can diminish the effects of jet lag and help the body reset its internal time clock to function in a new time zone.
Starch and sweet foods high in carbohydrates can cause sleepiness. High protein foods tend to make one more alert.
Bright light signals the body to be active while darkness signals that it is time for rest.
Physical exercise stimulates the body and makes it more alert. It also helps you sleep better at night. Make sure you complete your workout at least 2 hours before bedtime.
Depending on the drug, medicines can alter the biological clock significantly. If you take prescription drugs regularly, be sure to discuss a proper medication schedule during the Travel Planning Appointment.
Conversation with others tends to be stimulatory and results in being more alert.
Begin preparing for long distance travel three days before departure.
For the three days prior to your departure, follow the same instructions listed above for travel to the west.
All Drew students who would like to participate in international travel programs or trips may use the Health Service Travel Advisor. There is a $20 charge for travel consultations. A list of current vaccine charges is listed below. At Drew, all consultation and vaccination fees are discounted since most insurance companies do not pay for these services. It is strongly recommended that students contact their private insurance to inquire about coverage in advance of receiving the vaccines. Student insurance does not cover travel vaccinations. The Travel Advisor consultation does not cover any costs for medical or mental health clearance which would have to be scheduled in a separate visit.
Please see the Services Fee Schedule posted on the Health Services Website.
All Drew students participating in school sponsored or affiliated international trips and faculty or staff who are accompanying those trips. Vaccines for faculty/staff may be obtained with a prescription from his/her personal physician. Students traveling independently may avail themselves of this service on a case by case basis.
START EARLY! Because it takes time for the vaccines to work, an initial appointment should be made 8-10 weeks before departure if possible. This will help you avoid the “last minute rush”. There are always several trips preparing to leave at the same time and appointment times may be limited close to departure. To arrange a travel appointment, call the Health Service at extension 3414, and ask specifically for a travel appointment. This appointment will be with Diana Hessemann, RN, the travel advisory nurse. Be sure to give your destination when you call.
Bring all forms that the DIS or affiliated groups need completed. Also, bring records of any immunizations you may have received since coming to Drew (i.e. subsequent Hepatitis B vaccines). The Health Service only has the record of immunizations required for attendance at Drew.
A thirty minute consultation will be arranged. At that time, the CDC recommendations for the area to be traveled will be reviewed. Health promotion and infectious disease information will be provided as needed. All clearance forms should be brought to the consult. If a physical exam is required, a separate appointment will be necessary.
Listed below are some recommended items for the average international traveler.
A consumer oriented guide for international travelers. Discusses vaccinations, food and water precautions, safety and security, travel and road conditions and other helpful hints. Organized by country.
This page, from Princeton University, offers information on travel precautions, preparation tips, links to informational pages, and even jet lag and travel medical kit information.
This website offers travelers information on their destination country, health and vaccine recommendations for travel, and other useful information.