Dr. Stephanie Peterson will be leaving our practice as of November 30, 2017, and will join Access Family Medicine. Access Family Medicine is a Direct Primary Care Office. If you are unfamiliar with the difference between a Direct Primary Care clinic and a clinic like Lincoln Family Medical Group, their website has some great information, but in general, here are some facts about this type of patient care:
We will dearly miss Dr. Peterson, and we wish her well in her new practice. We would love to keep you as a patient, but we understand if you want to become a patient of Access Family Medicine with Dr. Peterson. If you do sign a contract, please call our office right away so we can send your records to her new office. If you have any questions, please call our office.
Pertussis is the medical name for whooping cough. This is a bacterial infection that causes cold like symptoms that progress into severe coughing fits. This cough is often accompanied by a “whoop” sound, vomiting, and fatigue from the severity of the cough. This can also lead into chest wall pain or even broken ribs. If not diagnosed and treated, pertussis can last up to 3 months and only gradually improve.
Additionally, for small children and infants, there are risks of secondary complications such as pneumonia, low oxygen levels, brain disease, or even death.
Vaccination is available and required by public schools. These immunizations are given in 5 doses throughout childhood prior to age 6. Another booster is recommended at the time of adolescence, and for adults who are pregnant, working with children, or have not been previously vaccinated. Talk to your doctor about your individual needs. Find out more at www.cdc.gov/pertussis/index.html