Stay healthy — get that flu shot!

We’re right in the thick of flu season again – it recurs annually from October through May and generally peaks in February. If you get the flu, it usually lasts for one to two weeks — but it can be significantly more serious for some groups: seniors (65+), children (especially those younger than 2), and people with chronic health conditions. Your best defense is prevention via a flu vaccine. The CDC suggests that everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine.

Use the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a flu vaccine location near you.

Here are links for more information:

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

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