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A vacationer’s worst nightmare: experiencing travel sickness during spring break and frantically Googling “urgent care near me” in an unfamiliar destination. Whether due to illness or injury, it’s never fun to take time off from your vacation to deal with health-related concerns.

In the unfortunate case that you need to see a doctor while traveling, you have a few different options. A life-threatening illness or trauma injury calls for a trip to the emergency room, whereas urgent care centers can provide after-hours treatment at a lower cost for minor conditions. But what if you’re not located close enough to either when you need medical attention, stat? In many cases, a telemedicine visit using your smartphone can be your best bet.

According to James Marcin, chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, telemedicine is beneficial from a public health standpoint. “Because telemedicine is cheaper and more convenient for patients in remote areas, they are more likely to seek medical care,” he said. “Many patients do not have the time or resources to access health care many miles from home.”

If you suffer a life-threatening illness or injury, dial 911 or go to the nearest ER. But if you endure a minor ankle sprain while skiing in Colorado, catch a UTI or an upper respiratory infection over spring break, try our virtual services! You can be treated via video chat or texting anytime, right from your location. While new patients can receive virtual medical treatment only from Colorado locations, established patients can request a Virtual Visit with our providers from anywhere in the U.S.!

We hope you don’t experience a sick holiday away from home, but if that ever happens, we’re always here to take care of you. Learn more about specific conditions we treat through our 24/7 Virtual Visits.