Primary care services in Aurora

For sick visits, physicals and regular health screenings, a primary care provider will be your first point of contact. At The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), we have several types of primary care providers throughout the south Denver metro area:

In many cases, you will see your primary care provider most often and they will refer you to specialists as needed. Depending on the type of health insurance you have, you may need a referral from your primary care provider before you can see a specialty doctor, such as a neurologist or dermatologist.

How do you know if you have the flu or a cold?

Flu symptoms can be similar to symptoms of the common cold. Usually, symptoms of the common cold are milder than those of the flu.

Flu symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Chills, muscle aches or headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever above 100 degrees

Nausea or vomiting can be a symptom of the flu, but is more common in children.

Common cold symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Congestion or cough
  • Runny or stuffy
  • A headache or mild body aches

Children can have a cold with a fever. In adults, experiencing a cold with a fever is quite rare.

What are the best treatments for the flu or treating cold?

To treat a cold or the flu, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Drink warm liquids like tea or soup.

The influenza (flu) virus is highly contagious, so someone with flu-like symptoms should stay home and avoid physical contact with others for at least 24 hours after their fever has subsided.

Take medicine to reduce a fever, like ibuprofen or an acetaminophen. Antiviral drugs, which are different than antibiotics, can treat flu illness and are prescribed by a doctor for patients with the flu.

When should you see a doctor for treatment of the flu?

People who are at high risk for flu-related complications should visit a doctor to receive treatment for the flu. High-risk groups include children 5 years old and younger, adults 65 years old and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions.

Signs you need to see a doctor for the flu include:

  • A cough or headache that won’t go away or gets worse
  • Fever is not going down or getting better
  • Chest pain or trouble breathing

For people who are in a high-risk group, the flu virus can be serious and potentially lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and other medical issues.

How do you prevent the flu?

The best possible way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months old and older should get the flu vaccination. The seasonal vaccine protects from the three to four influenza viruses that are expected to be the most common during the flu season that year. Flu season runs from October to May and typically peaks in February.

Emergency medical care in Aurora and surrounding areas

Located east of Denver, TMCA provides emergency and regular services, including treatment for the flu, to the residents of Aurora and the metro Denver area. Contact your doctor for any questions or concerns you may have about the flu and getting vaccinated.