By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: After highschool finishes, a bunch of my friends have been tossing around the idea on travelling somewhere exotic. No one in our group has ever done anything like this before. If we are to go, we've been thinking of South America. I don't want to get sick while I'm away. Could you give some pointers on what I need to do?

A: Depending on your destination, you might need to receive immunization or malarial pills. Once you've narrowed down your selection, you'll have a better idea on innoculations that are required.

The best bet is to consult with your doctor or health care professional specializing in travel medicine on pre-travel health advice. If you find that you did get sick while away then once you've returned, schedule a post-travel medical follow-up.

I always find when you're in a hot climate that you need to be mindful on how long you have been in the sun. Re-apply the sunscreen to guard against sun exposure and take care with your food and water.

There's an old saying, "Boil it, bottle it, peel it, cook it, or forget it." The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has a series of handy sublinks from country profiles to travel reports detailing the ins and outs on countries which you could view online at their web site,


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