Flu Symptoms Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

Chills? Body aches? These are common flu symptoms. Although the best prevention for the flu is a flu shot, count on Cima Medical Centers for fast, effective treatment if you’ve already come down with the flu. Primary care practitioners Israel Alvarado, MD, and Robert Webb, PA, set you on the path to recovery. The practice has four locations in Las Vegas, Nevada, so there's sure to be a location nearby. Call the location nearest to you today, or schedule a consultation online.

Flu Symptoms Q & A

What is the flu?

Influenza, what's commonly called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. The flu can be mild or severe. Flu symptoms typically start with the chills, followed by symptoms like a fever and muscle aches. 

The flu virus comes in two main forms: Types A and B. These viruses are to blame for seasonal flu epidemics. 

Severe cases of the flu can lead to hospitalization or death. Certain populations are at a higher risk of significant complications, such as:

  • Older adults
  • Young children
  • Pregnant women

People with diabetes, asthma, or heart disease also have a greater risk of complications. Getting an annual flu shot at Cima Medical Centers is the best prevention for the flu.

What are the most common flu symptoms?

Flu symptoms generally start one to four days after you've been exposed to the flu virus. The flu causes a host of uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat

You may experience vomiting and diarrhea, although these symptoms are more common in children.

Can I prevent the flu?

Flu shots are the best way to avoid getting the flu. Good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth when you cough, can help to stop the spread of the flu. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to stop the spread of the virus.

Try to stay away from people with flu symptoms. If you're ill, stay home from the office, and keep your distance from others.

How is the flu treated?

Prompt treatment of the flu is particularly important for individuals with a high risk of serious flu complications, such as people with asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

Depending on your overall health, the team at Cima Medical Centers may write you a prescription for antiviral medication, which can make the flu milder and shorten the time you are sick. These drugs also can prevent pneumonia and other serious flu complications. 

The team at Cima Medical Centers also recommends drinking plenty of fluids and resting. Most people who get flu recover in a few days to less than two weeks. 

Call Cima Medical Centers today, or book a consultation online for your flu shot or flu treatment.