Posted 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021

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In this issue: The Great American Smokeout, Well Wisconsin Radio - Pancreatic Cancer, Don’t Get Caught in the Dark with the Flu!

In this issue:

The Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout, inviting smokers to give up cigarettes for 24 hours, on the third Thursday of November. If you, or someone you know, smokes and is looking for a quit date, consider joining others who are kicking the habit on November 18.  

Remember that Well Wisconsin is here to help you! Subscribers and their spouses in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program can call 1-800-821-6591 to schedule an appointment with a tobacco cessation health coach. Your health coach can help you develop a plan for quitting and check-in on your progress along the way. Consider scheduling a telehealth appointment to talk with a doctor about all the resources available to help you quit for good.

Well Wisconsin Radio - Pancreatic Cancer

Join host Morgan Meinen as she interviews Dr. Jeremy Kratz from the University of Wisconsin-Madison about pancreatic cancer. Morgan and Dr. Kratz discuss why pancreatic cancer is so difficult to detect and how doctors are advancing the screening and treatment options for better health outcomes.  

Register to join online live on November 16 at 12:00 PM, or visit the recording link afterwards to listen in.

Don’t Get Caught in the Dark with the Flu!

Fall brings cool weather and beautiful colors to Wisconsin. It also brings seasonal viruses that cause upper respiratory infections and the flu. Upper respiratory infections are contagious so be sure to eat well, exercise, and get plenty of rest. If you have not already gotten a flu shot, also get your flu vaccine! An annual flu vaccine offers the best protection against influenza, greatly reducing the likelihood you experience illness or hospitalization from the airborne virus. 

If you get sick with an upper respiratory infection, stay home if you can, wear a face mask if you must go out, and wash your hands often. Get tested for Covid-19 to ensure you’re able to receive appropriate care as quickly as possible. Symptoms of an upper respiratory infection may linger if left untreated. If they do, consider taking a few minutes to schedule a telehealth appointment so a doctor can help you get back to optimal health.