Summer holidays provide the chance to catch up with friends and loved ones while enjoying all of the wonders of warm weather. Independence Day is a special holiday for many reasons. Yes, the Fourth of July truly is a sure sign that summer is setting in, as well as a terrific opportunity to honor our great nation.
But with the fun and festivities of the Fourth also come the hazards of fireworks, sunburn, food poisoning, bug bites and dehydration. So what should you do if you find yourself in a precarious situation with your health over the holiday? After all, while you’re on vacation your doctor’s office will likely be, too.
Here’s what to know about your options if you do need medical care during the holiday week:
You can get care online
– With Mission Virtual Clinic, you can skip the trip and just click. Convenient, fast and helpful, all for $25, the online clinic provides care for minor illnesses – cold, flu, allergies, UTIs, minor eye and skin conditions, and more – without needing to be seen in an office. Receive a response within one hour from 7 am to 11 pm, and from 7 to 8 am the next morning for after-hours visits. Visit Mission Virtual Clinic at missionhealth.org/virtualclinic 
You can get walk-in care (even on the Fourth of July!)
– Sometimes the hardest part of getting medical care is knowing where to go – do you go to the ER, an urgent care facility or your primary care doctor? Combining the best features of each, Mission My Care Now makes it easy to get fast, affordable, non-emergency medical care. Mission My Care Now locations are walk-in and are open early, evenings, weekends and most holidays – yes, that includes the Fourth of July. Mission My Care Now locations offer diagnostics on-site, such as lab and X-ray, so patients can be evaluated quickly. Plus, the use of a shared electronic health record allows easy updating of our patient’s provider about their visit. Not sure if walk-in care is available near you? Check out missionhealth.org/mission-my-care-now 
to find out.
The ER is always there for you – At every Mission Health hospital, the emergency room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our skilled and dedicated emergency medicine teams work around the clock to ensure you get the expert care you need in the event of a serious injury, illness or health crisis. Here’s hoping you and your family never need them – but if you ever do, they are always there for you. If you are ever in doubt about whether you’re in need of emergency care, play it safe by calling 911 or getting to the emergency department as quickly as you can if you have the safe means to do so.
Click here  to learn more about your care options.