Prevention

  • Ask your provider about getting a flu shot at their office, and make an appointment.
  • If you have school-aged children, make sure they get their flu shots. This prevents spread to you and others.
  • If you decide to get a flu shot at a clinic in your community, make sure they accept our insurance. Search for a local flu clinic. Your children can get vaccines at school-based clinics or their provider's office. Members 18 years old and older are eligible to receive flu shots at participating pharmacies.
  • When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or your inner elbow to cover your mouth – not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based gel.
  • If you or your child are sick, stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Remember, the flu and colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics won’t help. The best treatments are fluids and rest.
For more information, call Member Services at 1-877-957-1300.

The sooner you identify breast cancer and get the care you need, the better your chances are of a successful treatment.That is why it is so important to perform monthly self-exams and get regular mammograms.

Women who regularly examine their breasts know how their breasts normally feel, and are better able to spot any changes. Set a monthly calendar reminder and follow these instructions when performing a monthly breast self-exam.

A mammogram is an x-ray of your breast. This special test can show signs of breast cancer early enough so you can get the medical care you need. Factors such as age, family history, weight, and previous cancer diagnoses can impact breast cancer risk factors. It is important to speak with your doctor to find out how often you should receive a mammogram.

  • If you are 40 - 49 years old, talk to your doctor about whether you should have a mammogram every year
  • If you are over 50 years or older, you should have a mammogram every year. If you haven’t had a mammogram in the past year, call your doctor today and schedule your mammogram
WellSense covers yearly mammograms for all members. If you need help making an appointment, please call Member Services at 1-877-957-1300.

Your body is trying to tell you something

Your body knows when something isn't quite right. It may just be stress or something that you ate, but stay safe by knowing the warning signs of more serious illnesses. If you have any of these signs and symptoms, make sure you get the treatment you need to recover quickly.

Depression warning signs

Over the past two weeks have you noticed that you have little interest or lost pleasure in doing things? Have you been feeling down, depressed, or hopeless? If you answer yes to these questions, talk to your healthcare provider about depression. Depression is treatable and there is help.

Heart attack warning signs

If you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

  • Pressure, squeezing or pain in center of chest that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Pain spreading to shoulder, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort that comes with feeling lightheaded, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Anxiety, nervousness and/or cold, sweaty skin
  • Fast or irregular heart rate

Stroke warning signs

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

Letter Meaning Description

F =

FACE

Ask the person to smile. If one side of the face appears crooked or drooping, this person may be having a stroke. 

A =

ARMS

Ask the person to lift both arms in the air — if he or she has difficulty with one arm, this might be a sign that this person is having a stroke. 

S =

SPEECH

Ask the person to speak. If his or her words are slurred or they are unable to speak, they might be having a stroke. 

T =

TIME

If any of the above symptoms are happening, call 911 immediately to make sure that this person reaches the hospital FAST 

Diabetes signs and symptoms

Talk to your doctor if you're experiencing these symptoms:

  • Unquenchable thirst
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Losing weight without trying