Check-in with your health before you check-out on Spring Break

Check-in with your health before you check-out on Spring Break

For the first time in two years, travelers are gearing up for what looks to be the most normal spring break we have seen since before the pandemic.  You’ve packed your flip flops and sunscreen, but have you checked in on your health?

Here’s a list of things to think about before you trade your textbooks for a bathing suit:

  • Check your destination’s COVID-19 travel restrictions: While many locations have begun to lift their COVID-19 restrictions, some places may have policies about masking, proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing. If you’re traveling within the U.S., check the health department in the state and city you are traveling to for health guidelines. If you’re heading outside of the states for spring break, the U.S. Department of State has helpful information for travelers at state.gov.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 (and other health concerns like UTIs): Getting a precautionary COVID-19 test before you travel can ensure you aren’t spreading the virus with your travel companions. But it’s also important to get tested for other ailments if you experience symptoms, like a strep test if you have a sore throat or testing for a urinary tract infection. No one likes to be unwell on vacation!
  • Health care doubts? Get checked out: Your health is not something to mess with, especially before a vacation. Worried your headache might be a sinus infection? Is that sprained ankle not getting better? If you have any questions about your health, we recommend talking to a medical provider. We are happy to talk about your concerns via text (see the chat icon in the bottom right of your screen), virtually (book a visit here, 24/7), or in-center at your nearest P1UC location.
  • Consider precautionary travel medicine: If you’re planning to travel abroad, most medical professionals might recommend considering precautionary travel medicine such as immunizations, preventive medications, and other general safety measures depending on your location, to help ensure you’re feeling your best while away from home. These measures can help you minimize your risk of malaria, travelers diarrhea and more. Talk with a health care professional about your travel plans and concerns.

While suntans will fade, memories made while traveling will last a lifetime. Once you’ve returned home from your vacation, it’s also important to check in with a medical provider if you’re feeling unwell. Depending on what happened over your break, you may want to consider testing for:

  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Mono
  • Pneumonia
  • Pregnancy
  • STIs
  • Strep throat

We understand that spring break can also be filled with a lot of adventures, and you may come home with some bumps and bruises. We can help with things like:

  • Breaks and fractures
  • UTIs
  • Minor cuts and abrasions
  • Infected Wounds
  • Minor burns
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stitches and stapling

Whatever your pre or post spring break medical necessities are, our team at PhysicianOne Urgent care has your back. We specialize in helping you get the care you need when you need it most through an experience that is quicker and more cost-effective than the traditional emergency room. You aren’t just any patient – you’re our patient.

Book a 24/7 virtual visit or find your nearest PhysicianOne for an in-center visit today, or whenever you need safe, fast and confidential care. Safe travels!

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