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Travel Medicine

Travel and Immunization Clinic for Students and Community

Are you traveling abroad for business or volunteer work, studying abroad or even checking a trip off your bucket list? International travel is an unforgettable experience. Before you board your flight, it is imperative to prepare for the health hazards that traveling to foreign destinations may pose.
Many vaccine-preventable diseases, while rare or non-existent in the United States, are common in countries in the developing world. These diseases can disrupt your vacation, delay planned activities, or even worse – leave you hospitalized.
CMU Health’s experienced providers specialize in travel medicine and can help you take the proper steps to stay healthy and safe during your travels – no matter where your next destination takes you.
Use our Find a Doctor tool or call to find a travel medicine provider near you and schedule an appointment.

See our list of frequently asked questions about our Travel Medicine clinics in Saginaw and Mount Pleasant below:


What is included in my consultation?

  • Immunizations and medication review - Staff will advise on which travel vaccinations and medications are recommended and required for your trip. We provide scripts to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, like Malaria, and medications to decrease your susceptibility to common conditions like travelers’ diarrhea.
  • Food/water precautions - Learn which food and beverages to avoid and what is safe to consume while traveling, as well as what medications to bring in case of illness.
  • Health and safety counseling - Health and safety counseling tailored to your itinerary, personal medical history and travel destination.
  • Traveling with health conditions - Learn how to safely manage and control relevant health conditions during travel, such as diabetes, pregnancy and heart or lung conditions.
  • Traveling with children * - Get tips for safe travel, as well as what items to bring along and other special considerations.
  • Post-travel consultation - Post-travel medical consultation for travel-related complications including fever, diarrhea and rash.

**Mount Pleasant travel health services are available to students, faculty, staff, spouses, and dependents who are at least 14 years of age. Saginaw travel clinic has service offerings for all ages.


What immunizations does CMU Health Travel Medicine offer?

We have you covered for a full roster of required and recommended travel immunizations against the following pathogens:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Meningitis A
  • Meningitis B
  • Pertussis *
  • Polio *
  • Tetanus
  • Tetanus & Diphtheria (Tdap)
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella
* Vaccine available in Saginaw only

What do I need to know if I'm a Study Abroad student?

CMU Students who are participating in the Study Abroad Program must be medically cleared for international travel. Detailed instructions on how to be cleared are contained in the Study Abroad Program Clearance Instructions page.

Follow the instructions carefully and then download and complete the appropriate forms from the list below.

Please call the Foust Hall Clinic at (989) 774-6599 if you need assistance with this process. For more information about the Study Abroad Program at CMU, or to connect with an advisor, visit Study Abroad.


How far in advance of my trip should I schedule my visit to the Travel Clinic?

Immunity after a vaccination takes time to develop. To allow for optimal vaccine protection, we recommend appointments to be scheduled four to eight weeks prior to your anticipated trip.


How do I schedule an appointment?

Use our Find a Doctor tool or call our office to find a Travel Medicine specialist and schedule an appointment.

Saginaw Travel Clinic*
1000 Houghton Ave., Saginaw, MI 48602
989-746-7795

*Open to the community

Mount Pleasant Travel Clinic (Foust Hall)**
600 E. Preston St., Foust 200, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
989-774-6599

**Travel health services are available to students, faculty, staff, spouses, and dependents who are at least 14 years of age.

CMU Study Abroad students should refer to "What do I need to know if I'm a Study Abroad student?" question above for instructions. Call the Travel Health Clinic in Foust Hall at (989) 774-6599 with questions. 


What should I bring to my travel consultation?

  • Vaccination history 
  • A list of current medications and allergies 
  • Travel itinerary

CMU Study Abroad students should refer to "What do I need to know if I'm a Study Abroad student?" question above for information regarding required forms to bring to your consultation. Call the Travel Health Clinic in Foust Hall at (989) 774-6599 with questions.


Where can I get a yellow fever vaccine?

If you’re traveling to a country that recommends or requires a yellow fever vaccine, start planning early. We are currently experiencing a yellow fever vaccine shortage in the United States – only a few clinics still have them in stock.

CMU Health is currently awaiting renewed availability of the yellow fever vaccine. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the most up-to-date information about vaccine availability near you.


What if I develop a fever or rash or other symptoms post-travel?

If you develop symptoms including fever, rash and/or diarrhea within three weeks of returning from your trip, immediately call CMU Health’s Travel Clinic for a follow-up appointment. Be sure to describe where you traveled.


Does my insurance cover travel medicine services?

Check with your insurance provider directly regarding coverage for travel medicine services.