I am sure that many of our younger colleagues (and maybe some of our older colleagues) are very excited about their new jobs in Africa and Asia. For some strange reason, at interview school principals sometimes forget to say anything about the jabs you will need. If you are off to Kenya or China in September, my advice would be to get to a doctor and see what injections you going to need. For starters, the jabs for yellow fever and hepatitis (is that spelled correctly?) are usually a good idea. There is a lot of garbage writtten about malaria. Yes, you can get it. Yes, it can be fatal. The important thing is not to take Larium. It mucks up your blood test (and you will need a blood test straight away if you think that you do have malaria). Larium can also cause mental problems (depression, suicidal thoughts - even worse than a really bad staff meeting). No, the thing to do is to stay away from water near sundown (when all of the mozzies are feeling thirsty for your blood) and use good mosquito nets. Long, loose clothes are better protection than shorts and skimpy tops. Use loads of insect repellant (one with plenty of DEET) and go for a blood test if you do think that you may have malaria. Don't forget that the symptoms may not appear until a week or even ten days after you have been bitten. If the hospital does tell you that you have malaria, then you will have a few bad days. With the right medication and plenty of rest, you should be back on your feet again in a week or so. If your pee turns black, then you have what is called "blackwater fever" and you will probably die. Bilharzia is also very nasty and can be fatal too. The main thing to do is to stay away from water that looks stagnant or a bit dodgy. Flowing water and sea water are okay.