The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

Health Alert


Lunar New Year

Updated February 5, 2016

The Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, 2016, and many travelers will visit Asia to celebrate the Lunar New Year. If you are traveling to Asia, plan ahead for a safe and healthy trip.

Every destination has unique health issues that travelers should consider. To find specific information about the places you are traveling, visit our destination pages( In addition to being up-to-date on routine vaccines, you will find vaccine and medicine recommendations, along with many other tips for safe and healthy travel.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

Before your trip:

During your trip:

After your trip:

  • If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic( Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.
  • If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.
  • Malaria is always a serious disease and may be deadly. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria risk area or for up to 1 year after you return home, you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.
  • For more information, see Getting Sick after Travel(