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Health Information

Physical Exams and Vaccinations
UW-Parkside strongly encourages students to have a physical exam before going abroad.  Consult with your physician about health concerns or necessary inoculations. It is your responsibility to have all vaccinations prior to departure.  Review all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  recommendations for your destination.

Students who take prescription medicine need to bring a sufficient supply upon departure or consult their physician about the availability of their prescription abroad. Keep all medications in the original bottles to facilitate clearance through customs. Students should pack a copy of all current prescriptions, including eyeglasses.  In addition, all prescription medicine should be packed in carry-on luggage in case checked baggage is lost or delayed. 

Food and Dietary Needs
Here are some basic tips to help remain healthy:
  • Avoid uncooked food purchased from street vendors.
  • Be careful with dairy products that are not refrigerated or pasteurized.
  • Do not drink water unless students are sure that it is safe for drinking; bottled water is recommended.
  • Avoid ice cubes in soft drinks unless students know that the water is safe for drinking. 
Once you are more comfortable with the local culture, you may decide to be more liberal in your approach to food.  Vegetarians or students on a special diet need to be aware that dietary needs might not be easily met in some countries.

Study Abroad Insurance
All students studying abroad through UW-Parkside are required to be enrolled in a health and medical evacuation insurance plan.  Most study abroad provider programs include insurance with the program fees.  Study abroad insurance coverage can be arranged through the UW-Parkside Study Abroad Office.  UW-Parkside faculty-led and exchange programs are covered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health and medical evacuation insurance. CISI's comprehensive plan provides students with coverage including:
  • 24-hour emergency crisis support with multilingual representatives
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation of remains
  • Payments in foreign currencies
  • Foreign hospital guarantees
  • Consulate letters for help in obtaining visas
  • Coverage for independent travel
  • Benefits payable at 100% of costs without co-payments 
While study abroad insurance is mandatory, students are advised to remain on their U.S. home insurance plan while abroad.  Study abroad insurance will not cover U.S. medical assistance once students return home.