Travel Health Services

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Planning to travel abroad? Here's how to get immunizations, prescriptions, and advice that are tailored to your destination.


UHS Travel Health Services are available to the following:

  • Enrolled students
  • Faculty and staff 
  • Individuals who have a UHS primary care physician (PCP) 

Costs for Travel Health Visits

  • Enrolled students: free travel consultation
  • Faculty, staff, alumni, and non-students:  $100 fee for travel consultation 
  • In addition: 
    • Immunization costs will be billed to insurance.  If insurance does not cover the costs, patients will be responsible.
    • Prescriptions for travel meds will be written if necessary.  Patients can provide their insurance information to their pharmacy to check for coverage.
    • Over-the-counter medications will be recommended to purchase.
    • Supplies will be recommended to bring on your trip.

Is your department paying for some or all travel costs? If so, you will need to bring documentation from your department including their shortcode for billing.  Any charges not covered by your department will be your responsibility.

Step 1. Learn recommendations/requirements and prepare

Plan ahead! You'll need to:

  • Learn any visa and U-M program requirements.
  • Locate your immunization records, because you will need to submit them with your Travel Health form before you can schedule an appointment (step 2 below). You may need to check with your parents, doctor, or State Health Department for your records. Also, it's recommended to bring your records to your Travel Health appointment. 
  • Schedule early (6-8 weeks before departure) because:
    • There is considerable demand for appointments, especially before peak travel times (December, before Spring Break, April, and May) — See Step 2 below.
    • All immunizations take two weeks to reach optimum effectiveness, and some are given in series.
  • Check insurance coverage for vaccines by calling customer service on the back of your card, and ask them the questions on the How UHS Works with Insurance webpage while referring to Prices for Immunizations (PDF).

Wondering what UHS nurses might recommend? For general recommendations, you could look up your destination(s) on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel website.

Step 2. Complete form and schedule an appointment

A. Download, complete, and submit our Travel Health Services Form before scheduling your appointment. Plan on submitting the form 6-8 weeks before you travel.  Please note that the Travel Health Form includes your immunization record. 

Download Travel Health Form (PDF)

B. After form submission, you will be contacted by phone or email to schedule. (If you do not hear from a scheduler within 3 business days, call 734-764-8320.) Appointments will not be scheduled until the Travel Health Form with immunization records are received. If you need a physical for travel, schedule it separately.

Step 3. Learn how to stay safe and healthy while traveling

We encourage you to learn about travel health through these two means: 

UHS Travel Health Education Program

CDC Travelers' Health

Step 4. At your visit

Bring to your visit:

  • Any health forms that you need to have completed
  • Your immunization records (recommended but not required)

If you need prescriptions or other products, allow time to visit the UHS Pharmacy. The Pharmacy sells the following non-prescription travel-related products:

  • Imodium AD® caplets, generic, for diarrhea
  • Pepto-Bismol® liquid and tablets, generic, for diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach
  • Ultrathon™ insect repellant lotion, contains 34% DEET, repels mosquitos, biting flies, chiggers, fleas, deer and stable flies
  • Permanone® spray, insect repellant against mosquitoes and ticks, for clothing and gear
  • Sawyer® clothing treatment kit, soak to repel and kill mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites
  • Mobasa Defender™, a personal mosquito net pretreated with repellant
  • Sunscreen - Solbar® 

Additional information

From UHS:

Other local travel health providers:

  • Passport Health, 248-851-5633, 2008 Hogback Drive Suite 1, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • The CVS Minute Clinic (866-389-2727, 209 S. State St, Ann Arbor) and Walgreens Pharmacy (734-352-3623, 317 S. State St, Ann Arbor) provide some immunizations, however, they don't have some such as yellow fever, and they cannot prescribe medications such as antimalarials. 
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