Northwestern University staff or faculty will not contact you regarding any required immunizations. It is your responsibility to ensure that your routine immunizations are up-to-date; to ask if there are recommended and/or required immunizations or medications for the country/countries you will visit (including any countries you will visit that are not part of the study abroad program's itinerary); and to review educational resources relevant to your personal health and safety (transportation safety, cultural dating customs, laws about alcohol use, etc.).
The best resource for this information is the country specific pages available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers’ Health page. Click on the “Destinations” link for country-specific information. For medications or immunizations unavailable from your local physician (such as anti-malarial tablets or a Yellow Fever vaccine), you may need to visit a country health department.
Note that all countries recommend that travelers be up-to-date on routine immunizations, such as:
- Tetanus-diptheria-pertussis (DTP)
- Hepatitis B
- Chicken pox (Varicella)
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
Some immunizations require a series or spacing for protection (as long as three months for a series of shots), so allow as much time as possible for immunization.