Medical Matters

Getting your Required Immunizations

Below are the four required immunizations, many of which are mandatory in Singapore. However, you will still need to submit these to Cornell Health. You can use your health booklet or go to to get your immunizations records.

If you have not gotten the required immunizations, your compulsory Student Health Plan (SHP) from Cornell will cover the charges so you can wait till you get to Cornell to get them done, but get it done ASAP; you will have a hold on your registration until you fulfil the requirements

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Meningococcal Vaccination
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)*

*Either the vaccine, a physician-diagnosed illness, or Protective antibody titer

Tuberculosis Screening

Singapore is still considered to be a high-risk zone so you will need to get screened. This is also covered by SHP so schedule an appointment when you get to campus. They will draw some blood and you will get the results in a few days.

Dental and Vision Concerns

SHP does not cover dental and eye care, so it is a good idea to have a dental and eye check-up before you leave.


Getting an eye prescription is also very expensive in the US and you will need a physical copy to purchase any glasses or contact lenses, so it is also a good idea to purchase a spare pair, bring more lenses, or get a physical prescription at home.

Healthcare in the Ithaca

It is very common to fall sick in College; flu season spreads a lot quicker than in Singapore. Be sure to bring whatever medicine you prefer, if not Cornell Health/other drug stores will have medication too.


Cornell Health a variety of services, and Cayuga Medical is also available for emergencies.