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Families are traveling with their children in increasing frequency. Travel to Asia offers children many opportunities to learn about new cultures and history. It also offers the potential for exposure to numerous infectious agents not commonly encountered in the United States. Families must begin to prepare for travel to Asia weeks before departure. Children should be up to date on routine vaccinations. Appropriate education should be given on arthropod avoidance and malaria prophylaxis. Additional education and possible prophylaxis should be completed for other infectious agents frequently encountered in Asia. With appropriate pretrip immunizations and prophylaxis, children can travel to Asia with minimal risk of acquiring infection. This article provides general advice to assist providers with pretravel preparation and education of families traveling with children to Asia.