Office of International Programs

Health & Safety

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Things to know

A primary concern for The Office of International Programs is the health and safety of any UTPA student studying or conducting research abroad. How prepared are you for a study abroad program? Take the quiz below to test your level of preparation. Knowing the answers to these key questions will be critical to your pre-departure planning as well as the base to having a pleasant and productive time abroad.
Remember, you are ultimately responsible for the choices you make regarding your safety! Many places abroad are safer than the U.S., but your lack of familiarity with the culture, language, people, and locales may put you at higher risk.

Do you know the answers to these questions?

1.What does the State Department recommend regarding travel to this country?
2.What shots or immunizations do you need in order to gain entry into the host country?
3.What is the number one health risk in the country?
4.What is the most common safety risk in the country?
5.Does your program include a special insurance policy that will cover you while abroad?
6.Who are you going to contact in an emergency?

We strongly encourage you to view our Health & Safety Guideto find the answers you need.

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy?

Get vaccinated against H1N1. Vaccines to protect against H1N1 are widely available.

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid spreading germs by not touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Influenza is spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing by infected people. If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.  Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.
  • Stay informed.

Learn more about H1N1 using the following resources:
•    Local health authorities and news sources in your city, region or country
•    UTPA Student Health Services
•    State Department
•    International SOS
•    Or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information

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