The Catholic University of America

Health Information

Chronic Medical Conditions

  • Consider wearing a medical tag explaining your illness or allergies. Medic Alert Foundation International is a worldwide organization that supplies tags containing an identification number, the medical information, and a toll-free
  • telephone number to call in case of emergencies. Once you join, you are a lifetime member. Check at your local drugstore, or contact Medic Alert, P.O. Box 1009, Turlock CA 95380.
  • Carry a card in your wallet identifying your illness (Medic Alert can supply this also), and have someone translate the information into each foreign language you will encounter on your trip.
  • Learn helpful phrases in foreign languages (“I am a diabetic,” “I need a doctor,” etc.).

First-Aid Kit

Especially if you’re traveling extensively or going to remote areas, consider taking along the following: insect repellent; water disinfectant; thermometer; Band-Aids; moleskin for blisters; Pepto-Bismol or Imodium for diarrhea; antacid; aspirin or substitute; cold and cough medication; mild laxative; sunscreen; sunburn medication; anti-fungal/ anti-itch medication; anti-bacterial cream or spray; tweezers; bee sting kit (if you’re allergic).

Health Information for International Travelers

The Center for Disease Control offers health information for all international locations. This includes recommended immunizations and location-specific risks such as food, disease, and environmental concerns.


At least 4-6 weeks prior to departure, contact your doctor, clinic, or the state health department regarding immunizations and medication.


All travelers are automatically provided with the University International Health and Emergency Evacuation Insurance. Visit the website to review information on use and coverage prior to travel.

Prescription Medication

  • Research the laws of your host country to determine if your medication is legal abroad. The US Department of State website is a good place to start looking for this information. If your medication is not legal in your destination country, consult your physicial to discuss treatment options.
  • Take enough refills to last the entire trip.
  • Keep all prescription medication in the original containers.
  • Take an original written prescription, preferably written for a generic version of your medication.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, take along a spare pair and take your lens prescription with you.
  • Take a letter from your physician that describes your medical condition and the need to carry the medications and/or syringes with you. Having a copy of the letter translated into your host country language may be beneficial.

Zika Virus Guidelines

Any CUA student, faculty, or staff member planning travel to Central or South America, or to the Caribbean, should review our Zika Virus Advice & Guidelines.