Immunization

General Information

It is recommended that all of your domestic immunizations be up-to-date before traveling (you can check immunization recommendations at http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011.pdf). A few countries have requirements for specific travel vaccines but most have recommendations only.

If you are going to a country that does not require a Travel Clinic appointment, but would like to update your immunizations, you can schedule an Immunization Clinic appointment as instructed below:

Please go to http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/
Go into Gateway Secure login
Click on Appointments, then Schedule an Appointment
Click on Immunizations or TB testing
Then select:
Other Immunization
Select an appointment time
  
On arrival to Student Health, go to the check-in station down the Red Hallway across from the Immunization Clinic door. Please check in and complete the yellow Immunization Questionnaire.

Please be sure to bring your immunization records with you. Information on the immunizations available from SHS can be found on their Travel Health website. Please note travel immunizations such as yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid will not be given in immunization clinic unless you have completed the required Travel Clinic visit.
Immunizations are covered by GHI insurance.  Students who have GAP or have waived the Student Health insurance will be charged for the immunizations. They may request an itemized billing statement to submit to the outside insurance carrier for consideration of reimbursement.

  • If you are going to a country that requires travel immunizations or a Travel Clinic appointment, you must schedule an appointment for a travel consultation in Travel clinic.
  • To make a travel consultation appointment:
    1. Go to the student health website at http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/.
    2. Click on Gateway to secure login
    3. Log in: enter your net ID and Password
    4. On the left-hand side of the menu, click on Message.
    5. Click on New Message.
    6. Click on Travel Appointment Request.
  • For more information about specific vaccines as well as links to other informative health websites, please visit our page on Traveler's Vaccination Information.
  • Students going to Botswana, Ghana, India, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania need to do the health clearances through Student Health but may go to their own providers for their travel visits
  • Although the UCEAP student travel insurance does not cover the cost of most vaccinations, the exception is for Malaria prophylaxis. UC has purchased a special insurance rider so that UCEAP participants can be reimbursed the cost of malaria prophylaxis if it is prescribed by a doctor and filled, picked up, and paid for within the term of coverage (i.e. no more than 14 days before the official start-date of the UCEAP program)

  • International Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage

    Due to a temporary interruption in production of the only yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax ®) licensed in the United States by the primary manufacturer in the world (Sanofi Pasteur), there is an international shortage of the Yellow Fever vaccine. We no longer have Yellow Fever YF-Vax ® vaccine at UCSB Student Health.

    Yellow Fever vaccine is required or recommended for travel to many countries in Africa and South America-see
     https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever for more information.  If you have already had a Yellow Fever vaccine, you do not need to be revaccinated.

    If you will be traveling to a destination where the Yellow Fever vaccine is required or recommended, and you have never had a Yellow Fever vaccination, you will be referred to Sansum Travel Clinic, (805) 898-3530, in Santa Barbara for your Yellow Fever vaccination and your travel consult. This clinic is offering Stamaril ®, another yellow fever vaccine licensed in other countries, and available in the US through an Expanded Access Investigational New Drug Application (IND) at limited locations.

    INSURANCE COVERAGE

    UCSHIP will cover the cost of the travel consult (there may be a $25.00 co-pay) and the cost of the Stamaril ® and any other travel vaccines you may need for your destination country.  Please contact Kim Finegold FNP through Gateway for a referral to Sansum Travel Clinic. Bring your UCSHIP I.D Card to the appointment with you and ask that they submit the bill to Anthem insurance.

    Those who have their own private insurance or GAP should contact their insurance provider for information as to whether your travel consult and/or the Stamaril ®, vaccine will be covered.  The Yellow Fever vaccine, Stamaril ® cost at Sansum is $205.00. The travel consult visit at Sansum will be approximately $195.00.

    Alternatively, you could seek vaccination with Stamaril ®, and your travel consult, at another clinic. The website listing Stamaril ® providers in the United States is https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/search-for-stamaril-clinics.

    Student Health will continue to do EAP Health Clearances.  We will also offer travel visits for students who have already had the Yellow Fever Vaccine or who will be traveling to countries that don’t require or recommend Yellow Fever Vaccine.