It's coming -- cold, snow and the flu. The weather is out of our control, but ISU employees can help limit the spread of the flu by getting a flu shot.
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water, use hand sanitizer
- Sneeze or cough into a sleeve or tissue
- Stay home when sick
- Regularly sanitize work surfaces and high-traffic areas (phones, counters, computers, etc.)
- Strengthen immune system (eat fruits and vegetables, exercise and rest)
Occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays, from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility). No appointment is necessary. Bring your ISU ID card to the shot clinic and wear a short-sleeved or loose-fitting shirt for better access to your arm. Parking is limited in front of TASF, so consider walking, biking or busing to TASF.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Pregnant women should check with their physicians prior to vaccination. Peak flu season is December through February, but it can start in October and last through early May.
ISU will administer the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four viruses including strains of H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Employees are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More information about the 2016 flu vaccine is available on the ISU WellBeing website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Flu shots are provided at no cost to the following employee groups:
- Professional and scientific
- Post docs
- ISU Foundation
- Iowa State Daily
- Retirees on university health plans who are not yet 65
Undergraduate and graduate students and visiting scholars are not eligible to receive flu shots at the clinic. These individuals should contact Thielen Student Health Center, 294-5801, for flu vaccine information.
For additional information about the flu shot clinic, visit the ISU WellBeing website. Contact the university human resources service center, 294-4800, with additional questions.