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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Department Visit

When your child is sick or hurt, it can be difficult to determine whether an Urgent Care or Emergency Department is the best choice.

Urgent Care

Urgent Care treats illnesses and injuries that require medical attention, but are not life threatening. Urgent Care should be used when your primary care physician's office is closed. Common conditions that can be treated at Urgent Care include:

Emergency Department

If you are ever unsure about whether your child needs emergency care, treat it as an emergency. In general, take your child to an emergency department anytime you think the problem needs immediate attention, including for the following:

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