Travel Health Preparations

This page contains information on precautionary measure and recommendations for international travelers' health preparations.

2009 H1N1 Influenza

Stay current with the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOpens in new window, the World Health OrganizationOpens in new window, and the U.S. Department of State'sOpens in new window announcements regarding H1N1 influenza (also commonly called swine flu).


Register your travelOpens in new window

In order to receive emergency information from the relevant Embassy or Consulate via e-mail, you must register your travel with the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. Department of State announcements may include important information about potential border closures. Although the World Health Organization has not recommended border closures or travel bans, each country reserves the right to make decisions contrary to these recommendations.


Educate yourself

University physician, Dr. Beth Alexander recommends the following infectious disease prevention strategies for pandemic fluOpens in new window:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (then throw out the tissue)
  • Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue
  • If you have a fever along with other symptoms, please call your medical provider to determine whether you should be tested for flu
  • If you do have the flu, please stay home to avoid infecting others


Monitor local requirements

Many news agencies report increased efforts in health-related screenings at many international airports and land border crossings. You may find it helpful to monitor these requirements as you travel or make plans to travel abroad.


Travel Questions related to H1N1 Influenza

Direct your questions about traveling and H1N1 influenza to the MSU Travel Clinic at (517) 353-3161 or email