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Travel Health Resources

International Health Insurance

  • Vanderbilt University requires all students participating in international educational activities that are facilitated, sponsored, endorsed, or administered by the University to carry Vanderbilt’s international health insurance.
  • Students studying abroad through the Global Education Office will be automatically enrolled and do not need to take any action.
  • Vanderbilt’s international health insurance plan is offered by GeoBlue (formerly HTH) and is more comprehensive than most plans.
  • Details about the plan can be found in the Member Guide. Instructions on how to purchase can be found here.
  • You must have coverage for the entire duration of your time abroad.
  • This may mean purchasing an additional month of insurance, even if you’ll only be overseas for one day.
  • REDCap Pre-Departure Checklist
  • This checklist should be completed and submitted at least 2 weeks before your departure with proof of international health insurance coverage.

Immunizations, malaria, and other health considerations

  • Visit a Vanderbilt-based travel health clinic or your local travel health clinic at least 3 to 6 months before departing for information about immunizations and other health concerns for your area of travel.
  • Some countries require proof of immunizations, so keep the yellow immunization card from the travel clinic with your passport.
  • The CDC provides useful travel information and updates on COVID-19 recommendations on the CDC travel website.
  • Vaccination and visa costs are not covered by most university programs and students should plan to pay for these costs.
  • Students receiving departmental support should check with their training grant administrator to see if vaccinations are included.
  • Travel consultation appointments should be made at least 8 weeks in advance of the departure date.
  • Many vaccinations either require a few weeks to develop protective immunity, or a series of shots. Preparing for a travel consultation in advance will allow your visit to be more efficient and productive.

Student Health Center (Vanderbilt Students)
(615) 322-2427

The Student Health Center (SHC) physicians and nurse practitioners have extensive experience providing pre-travel consultations for international travelers. SHC carries all routine and travel-related vaccines, including the Yellow Fever vaccine.

The CDC’s travel website at will give you an idea of what to expect at your appointment.

CLICK HERE for information regarding travel-related vaccinations and malaria medications. You need the following information with you at the time of the appointment:

  • Up-to-date immunization records, including childhood immunizations. If you are unsure whether Student Health Center already has these records, call ahead to confirm. Students may need to get that information from their home physicians or families before coming to the appointment.
  • Completed Pre-Travel QuestionnaireMUST be completed and brought to the travel consult appointment. Failure to do so may result in your appointment being rescheduled.

SHC Address: 1210 Stevenson Center Lane, Nashville TN 37232-8710

The offices are housed on the 3rd (street level) floor and 4th floor of the Zerfoss Building, which is connected to the back of Medical Center North. We are adjacent to Stevenson Center and across the street from McTyeire Hall. Click here for a detailed map and parking information.

Occupational Health Clinic (Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff)
(615) 936-0955

All Vanderbilt faculty and staff who will be conducting business that requires international travel need a plan to maintain health and prevent illness and injury during the trip. During a pre-travel consultation with the Occupational Health Clinic, a customized healthcare plan for your business travel will be prepared. This includes:

  • Destination-specific vaccinations and prescription medication
  • Medical travel kit
  • Travel health and safety advice

For a safe trip:

  1. Complete the online travel consultation request.
  2. The request contains a medical form for you to print. Have the following information handy:
  3. Your itinerary with the date you will arrive at each destination.
  4. Your supervisor’s email address, which will send them an automated authorization email (not needed if scheduling personal travel consultation).
  5. Any scheduling preferences for your visit to OHC.
  6. Upon verification of your work status by your supervisor, the OHC will contact you at your preferred phone or email to schedule your appointment.
  7. Visits for pre-travel consultation and vaccines last about an hour, so plan accordingly.

Travel vaccinations are provided at no charge for Vanderbilt faculty and staff traveling on Vanderbilt business.

Vanderbilt Travel Clinic (Greater Nashville Area)
(615) 936-1174

The Vanderbilt Travel Clinic provides health-related services for international travelers who participate in adventure travel, corporate travel, international adoption, and mission organizations.

The Board Certified doctors and physician assistants at the Vanderbilt Travel Clinic specialize in travel medicine and infectious diseases and can help you determine the immunizations you will need for your trip.  The most important factors to consider are your itinerary and the risk of contracting these diseases with your travel plans.  Staff will thoroughly review your personal medical history to make individualized recommendations and provide detailed travel information designed to keep you safe and healthy while you are abroad.

The Vanderbilt Travel Clinic is located at 134 Pewitt Drive Suite 200, Brentwood TN 37027. The clinic is open Mondays 8am to 5pm, Wednesdays 8am to 1pm, and Fridays 8am to 11am.

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