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When to stay home

By Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics  Adults and kids with viral infections should stay home from school or work when they have a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees F. They should stay home until that fever is gone for 24 hours without using a fever reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. They should […]

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When’s the right time to medicate?

By Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Many common infections have become resistant to antibiotics. As a parent, ask questions to make sure your sick child is getting the best care possible, which might not include an antibiotic. If an antibiotic is not the most effective course of treatment, there are other steps you can take […]

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Should I use antibiotics for my cold symptoms?

Written by: Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective, in part due to over-prescription and inappropriate use. Antibiotics aren’t needed for common illnesses, like colds, most sore throats, the flu and even some ear infections. These illnesses are often caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. Sometimes the […]

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FAQ: Where can I get a flu shot?

We have been receiving many questions about where patients can get a flu vaccine.  See the schedule below for locations/dates/times.

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West Nile Virus: what you need to know

Written by: Carlos Figueroa Castro, MD, Infectious Diseases A recent update from the Fond du Lac County Health Department indicates that a dead crow found in the county last month tested positive for the West Nile virus. As a healthcare consumer, what do you need to know about this virus? First off, it’s important to […]

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Zika virus: What you need to know

Written by: Vivian Onunkwo, MD, Agnesian Work & Wellness Medical Director Zika virus infection is a disease caused by Zika virus. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which also transmits dengue and chikungunya viruses. Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy or at time of […]

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Influenza: To Test or Not to Test

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms including: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. Coming down with this illness means a call or trip to a healthcare provider is sometimes necessary. Your provider will […]

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Audio Blog: Amanda Dickerson on Flu Season

 Listen to Amanda Dickerson, APNP, a family nurse practitioner at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Markesan, as she shares with us the latest on this year’s flu season.   If you would like to schedule an appointment with Amanda, please call the clinic at (920) 398-2406.

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What you need to know about whooping cough

Whooping cough, or pertussis, can have serious consequences for infants and older adults, says David Maruska, MD, a family medicine physician with Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. Dr. Maruska encourages families to check out this article with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults, […]

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