Flu Specialist

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Chula Vista, CA

The flu can be annoying for most of us, but it can potentially be dangerous for very young children and older adults. The virus is the most common in the winter and early spring. If you think you might have the flu, Dr. Juarez-Uribe can help you recover more quickly, or if would like to reduce your chances of contracting the flu this year, schedule a time for a flu shot. Call Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista or schedule an appointment online today.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

The flu, also known as influenza, is a contagious virus that causes a sudden influx of symptoms. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough and sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Headache

Symptoms can vary and usually last at least five days, but sometimes can last longer. It’s important to stay hydrated and get lots of rest.

Are there medications for the flu?

If you suspect you may have the flu, make an appointment with Dr. Juarez-Uribe. He can take a nasal or throat culture to see if you have the flu and prescribe medication, such as Tamiflu, to help make symptoms less severe and reduce the duration of the illness. The medication works best if it’s taken within the first 48 hours of feeling symptoms so it’s important to make an appointment right away.

You can take medication to help with fever and body aches, such as acetaminophen or decongestants to help with decongestion. Talk to Dr. Juarez-Uribe about possible treatments to get relief from the flu symptoms.

How do I reduce my chances of getting the flu?

Dr. Juarez-Uribe offers flu shots at the clinic, which is the best way to keep the flu away. A flu shot works by introducing your body to the virus so it can fight it off. Your body recognizes the virus and develops antibodies that help keep your body healthy or keep symptoms mild if you do catch the flu.

There are other basic steps you can follow to keep the flu away, such as wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Your hands are in contact with many germs, and when you touch your face -- especially your eyes or your nose -- you are more likely to get sick.

How do I keep my baby safe from the flu?

Children are more likely to develop complications with the flu, so it’s important to keep children healthy. Dr. Juarez-Uribe can help you with options like flu shots or other precautions that can be taken to make sure everyone stays healthy in your family.

Should I see the doctor?

You should see Dr. Juarez-Uribe if you think you might have the flu so he can prescribe medication and ensure a healthy recovery. You should seek emergency medical help right away if you have symptoms of:

  • Pressure or pain in your chest or stomach
  • Dehydrated
  • Feeling confused
  • Can’t stop vomiting

If you don’t feel quite right, it’s important to know when to seek help. Call Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista or schedule an appointment online today to get a flu shot or seek treatment from the flu.