Tips & tools for avoiding or dealing with the flu


With 700 cases of the flu in Boston and counting, the city has declared a flu emergency. But you aren’t off the hook if you don’t live in Boston – there have been 18 deaths in the state as of this writing, and the Centers for Disease Control reports a high level of high levels of influenza-like-illness throughout most of the country.
Mass.Gov has an excellent site on Influenza that offers multi-lingual fact sheets and information on protecting, preparing and caring for yourself and others. The site also has special resources for these groups:

For more resources, see the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza site and flu.gov

Tips for Businesses
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers Business Planning resources at flu.gov.
Zurich, one of the Renaissance business partners, has prepared an excellent guide for business: Influenza Outbreak: What your business should be doing

Healthcare Reform – changes in 2011


Many healthcare reform provisions are scheduled to kick in sometime in 2011 – some went into effect on January 1. Here are a few resources that outline changes scheduled to take effect in 2011 and what the changes mean to you and your family.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced an excellent single-source guide to Health Care Reform and health insurance reform. They’ve also produced a 9 minute animated video that summarizes and explains Health Reform in simple terms.