What is 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.
International Travel FAQ
HOW MUCH DOES THIS SERVICE COST?
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. 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.
WHAT DO THE VACCINES COST?
Please see the fee schedules posted on the “Our Services” page.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR TRAVEL ADVISORY?
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.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
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 973-408-3414, and ask specifically for a travel appointment. Be sure to give your destination when you call.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE INITIAL TRAVEL CONSULTATION?
Bring all forms that the Center for Global Education or affiliated groups need completed. Also, bring records of any immunizations you may have received since coming to Drew. You will also be asked to complete an online travel questionnaire in your web portal prior to your appointment.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
This website offers travelers information on their destination country, health and vaccine recommendations for travel, and other useful information.