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Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips

WINTER TOOL KIT

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00652.pdf

Winter in Wisconsin can be fun and exciting, but sometimes the conditions can become dangerous. Winter storms can sweep through bringing high winds, large amounts of accumulating and drifting snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures.  Being prepared ahead of a storm will help you get through it safely.

More Information on winter weather safety:

Assemble an emergency supply kit.

Assembling an emergency supply kit (link is external) both at home and in your car during winter can save your life if there is a severe winter storm or extreme cold.

Check on your neighbors.

Isolated or elderly individuals can be unaware of rapidly changing weather conditions and may not be able to sense and respond to low temperatures during winter.

Protect yourself from extreme cold.

Protect yourself by wearing loose layers of clothing underneath a wind and weather resistant coat. Look for symptoms of hypothermia including shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech.


January is.......Cervical Cancer Awareness

 

 

Actress Cote de Pablo talks about her own cervical cancer scare and shares advice for other women in this video.

 

You can prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21.

“I was busy working, traveling, and enjoying life. I completely forgot to pay attention to my health,” said actress Cote de Pablo. “Too much time passed since my last Pap.

“By the time I was tested, things didn’t look too good. We thought I might have cervical cancer.

“I was lucky! After lots of worries—no cancer.

“I’ve always been very close to my mother. When we finally got good results, she broke down. And that’s when I realized it’s not just about me. It’s about your loved ones, too. Get checked for cervical cancer.”

Screening Tests

Two tests(https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening.htm) help prevent cervical cancer(https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/) or find it early—

  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, which are cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.
  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes.

Screening Options

You should get your first Pap test at age 21. If your test result is normal, you can wait three years for your next test.

If you’re 30 years old or older, you have three options—

  • You can continue getting a Pap test only. If your test result is normal, you can wait three years for your next test.
  • You can get an HPV test only. If your test result is normal, you can wait five years for your next test.
  • You can get both an HPV and Pap test together. If your test results are normal, you can wait five years for your next tests.

If you have a low income or do not have health insurance, you may be able to get free or low-cost cervical cancer screening through CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Find out if you qualify.(https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm)

HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine(https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/vaccine.html) protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. HPV can also cause cancers of the penis in men, and anal and head and neck cancers in both men and women.

The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls who are 11 to 12 years old, but can be given as early as age 9 and until age 26.

Make an appointment today for your or your child’s vaccination. If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance does not cover vaccines, CDC’s Vaccines for Children program(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/index.html) may be able to help.

Learn More About Cervical Cancer