Get checked before you leave
Get a complete physical, eye exam and dental check-up before going abroad. The quality of dental and medical care may be different in your country and/or more expensive than similar care would be in the United States.
Travelers intending to visit a destination in a developing country should consult a travel medicine clinic or medical practitioner before the journey. This consultation should preferably take place 4-6 weeks before the journey. Many countries require an immunization certificate for some diseases (yellow fever in particular). Check with the consulate or embassy of all countries you will be traveling in or through to see if this is required. You may obtain immunization certificates from your health care provider, whom you should also consult for further information on immunizations.
Where can I receive necessary immunizations?
- San Francisco Department of Public Health – Adult Immunization Clinic
101 Grove Street, Rm. 102
- USF Student Health Clinic
450 Stanyan Street, 2nd Fl.
(415) 750-4980 (Please call ahead for immunization availability)
Hours: M-F, Open 8:30am-5:00pm, Drop-In 2:30-4:30pm
You are strongly encouraged to consider immunizations for all diseases endemic to the area of travel (if immunizations are available).
For more information regarding travel health, please visit the following websites: