International Travel Clinic

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The Student Health Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a designated travel immunization center for the downstate region of Illinois.

What services are offered at the International Travel Clinic?

  • During your visit, a nurse will determine, based on your travel destination, what vaccines or medication you may need. Immunization requirements and recommendations for foreign travel are based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is the clinic phone number?

  • 618-453-4494

Where is the clinic located?

  • The clinic is located on the first floor inside the Student Health Center.

    374 East Grand Avenue
    Carbondale, IL 62966

What are the clinic hours?

  • Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Who is eligible for services at the International Travel Clinic?

  • SIU Carbondale students, staff, and community members may schedule appointments at the clinic.

What does it cost?

  • Fees for an initial travel consultation may vary.

    During the initial consultation, risks and benefits of the recommended vaccines will be discussed, as well as other medications. If vaccines are needed, each vaccine and injection will be an additional charge. Payment can be made with cash, check, or credit card on the day of the appointment. SIU students may charge their bills to their bursar account. SIU faculty and staff traveling on university business may have their fees paid by their department. If this is the case, you must provide the interdepartmental billing number before the appointment. Some insurance companies may pay for travel immunizations and you may request an itemized bill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Travel Health Tips

  • Food and waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness in travelers.
  • To stay healthy….wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated drinks in cans or bottles, without ice.
  • Eat only cooked food or fruits and vegetable you have peeled yourself.
  • Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.
  • Don’t handle animals.
  • Don’t swim in freshwater, saltwater is usually safer.
  • Protect yourself from insects. Stay in screened areas, use repellent, and wear long sleeves and pants.
  • To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, do not go barefoot.
  • Carry a backup supply of your prescription medicines with you on your trip.
  • Be sure you are up-to-date on your vaccines, vision, dental, and medical exams before leaving.