Travel & Study Abroad Services

Travel Services at the Mary S. Shook Student Health Service provide the students of ASU with appropriate travel information, immunizations and medications in preparation for international travel.


Contact: Kevin A. Long, RN or (828) 262-3100
Lead International Travel Health Nurse


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Travel Resources

General Information

Guidance for Travel advice is provided by Travax® which is our primary resource based on WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Centers for Disease Control), and US State Department guidance as well as the Australia and Canadian equivalents. Travax® is a detailed educational and regularly updated resource to provide travelers with the latest recommendations regarding possible exposure to illnesses. General traveler’s information will be provided as well for enhanced personal well-being and safety.

Ideally, an appointment should be made a minimum of six weeks prior to your trip for maximum health protection regarding the necessary vaccines and medication.


The Travel Service Nurses are Student Health Service nurses who have expertise in foreign travel.

How it works For Individual 1:1 Appointments:
(Updates Coming Soon)
For immediate guidance please call (828) 262-6577 and ask to speak to Scheduling.


Travel Nurse Consultation Fee: $20.00 (twenty dollar) fee will be collected when the Travel Nurse Health Appointment is made. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. This consultative fee is to defray the cost of the travel program. If the student does not keep the Travel Nurse Health Appointment, the fee is retained.

Vaccine List** - Prices

  1. Hepatitis A: $35.00/dose (2 shot series) takes at least 6 months to complete
  2. Hepatitis B: $40.00/dose (3 shot series) takes at least 6 months to complete
  3. Vivotif (live oral) Typhoid Vaccine: $45.00 / Typhoid Vi Vaccine (injectable): $65.00
  4. Meningitis Vaccine: $110.00 - Frequency of shots varies depending on several factors
  5. Tetanus Diphtheria (Td): $35.00 / Tetanus Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap): $35.00
  6. Varicella (Chicken Pox): $120.00 each dose
  7. Japanese Encephalitis (IXIARO): $240.00 per dose (x 2 doses 28 days apart) must be paid for prior to pharmacy ordering vaccine – Prices May Vary
  8. Yellow Fever (YF-Vax): $150.00 (currently not available due to shortage)
  9. Polio – Adult Booster (Injectable): $30.00 (currently not available due to shortage)
  10. Influenza – Quadravalent: $20.00
  11. TB Skin Test (TST): May be required prior to travel in some cases; routinely recommended 3 months after return from any International Travel. $5.00

TB Skin Test (TST) is free if you bring the Travel Nurse a postcard from your travels

TB Skin Tests (TST) are administered at Student Health Service as follows:

  • Mondays (to be read on Thursday)
  • Tuesdays (to be read on Friday)
  • Fridays (to be read on Monday)

Altitude Sickness Medication

  • Diamox (Acetazolamide)
    • Price Varies
    • Twice Daily – Quantity varies based on travel needs

Anti-malarials List

(travel destination may diminish choices) ONE of below may be prescribed:

Plaquenil 200mg / tab (Hydroxychloroquine):

  • $2.00 per tablet (minimum 12 tablets)
  • 2 tabs taken 7 days before arrival in country
  • 2 tabs taken each week of travel stay
  • 2 tabs taken for 4 weeks after returning

Lariam 250mg / tab (Mefloquine):

  • No longer offered at the ASU Student Health Serivce Pharmacy due to the potential of severe side effects

Malarone (250 mg Atovaquone / 100 mg Proguanil HCL):

  • $2.00 per tablet (minimum 10 tablets)
  • 1 per day beginning 2 days prior to travel
  • 1 each day of travel stay
  • 1 each day for 7 days after returning

Vibramycin (doxycycline) 100mg / tab:

  • Price Varies
  • 1 per day beginning 2 days prior to travel
  • 1 each day of travel stay
  • 1 each day for 28 days after returning

Traveler’s Diarrhea Medication List

Imodium: $2.00 (per box) -- Quantity varies based on travel needs

Azithromycin 250mg / tab: (Prescription Only) -- Quantity and Cost varies based on travel needs (avg. $3.00 - $14.00)

Cipro 500mg / tab (Ciprofloxin): (Prescription Only) -- Quantity and Cost varies based on travel needs (avg. $5.00 - $10.00)

Pepto Bismal Tabs (Bismuth) as a preventative $2.00 (per box)

For more information call Student Health Service at: (828) 262-3100

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Page content reviewed: 05/30/18 kal