What to Do If You Get Sick on Vacation

By Dr. Alwyn Rapose
Reliant Medical Group Division of Infectious Diseases

Getting sick after leaving home is a real spoil-sport, especially during a well-earned vacation. Fortunately, falling ill doesn’t have to result in a travel nightmare. There are steps you can take to manage and potentially minimize your problems and hopefully still have an enjoyable getaway. Here are some tips on what to do if illness hits when you are on the road:

Consult a Doctor

You may be able to contact your doctor’s office for advice. Many medical providers like Reliant Medical Group have Internet health portals (such as MyChart) where you can ask health questions. There are online services that offer diagnosis by physicians for a fee.

Seek Help From Your Hotel

Some hotels, particularly those catering to international travelers, have first aid services for guests. If you have a minor problem, this should be your first resource.

Look for an Urgent Care Clinic

Chances are, an Urgent Care clinic is not that far way and you can find some medical assistance there. It may be worthwhile to call your insurance company to make sure the clinic you are visiting accepts your health insurance.

Find a Nearby Pharmacy

For simple health problems, a pharmacist can offer advice on which over-the-counter medications can help alleviate your symptoms. Some pharmacies also offer care on-site by advanced practitioners who are licensed to prescribe medications.

What to Do If You Get Sick on Vacation

About Alwyn Rapose, MD

Originally from India, Dr. Alwyn Rapose now enjoys practicing medicine in Massachusetts. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester and liked the experience so much that he stayed on board for another year as Chief Resident. He then completed his Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

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