Vaccines: Love them, hate them, do not trust them, can’t get enough? They have been controversial for years, long before the BIG Panorama swept the world.
Despite the right of choice as an adult, many colleges, universities, and schools, in general, require some level of immunization for students, and studying abroad is no different. It becomes less of an individual rights issue and transitions into a mass liability, at least as many educational institutions view it, protecting the group, over the comfort of one person.
Medical Disclaimer: This blog post and the featured video are for educational purposes only. I am not a medical professional and am not allowed to give medical advice. Please always consult with your medical doctor/primary care physician to determine which vaccines are best for you and your health.
Here are FIVE vaccines that you may need to get started on your study abroad journey:
1. Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Series
2. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough) Series
3. Hepatitis B Vaccine
4. Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine
5. Meningococcal (Meningitis) Vaccine
In a video from my YouTube channel linked below, I take a deeper dive into each of these vaccines, including discussing why they may be required or recommended, what they help fight against, and why you may want to consider having them or getting boosted.
Do you have any concerns about any of these vaccines? Have you already had most of them? Are any of the programs you are researching requiring or recommending them?
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Until next time,
Known as The Study Abroad Specialist, Kimber Grayson is a serial-study abroader turned International Education coach and expert. Since 2014, she has helped 100+ students navigate their semester away journey from the coastal areas of Spain to China and every place in between. In 2018, she launched The LiveStudyLearn™ Abroad Association, a one-of-a-kind online membership platform for study abroad students worldwide.
She holds two Master's degrees from two well-respected London-based universities and has experience working in the US, UK & and Italy.
In her spare time (what's that again?), she enjoys leisure travel city breaks, any snow-based activity, skeet shooting, and attempting to learn new languages.