Keep the flu at bay
- 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)
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection say the best way to protect yourself, coworkers and family members from the flu is to get a flu shot.
Iowa State's occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays, Oct. 9-20 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility, 2408 Pammel Dr.). 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 the clinic.
The flu virus is most active in the U.S. from October through May, peaking December through February. Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Pregnant women should check with their physicians prior to vaccination.
ISU will administer a quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against the A and B flu virus strains. The four components of the 2017-18 vaccine contain a(n):
- A (H1N1) virus
- A (H3N2) virus
- B (B/Victoria lineage) virus
- B (B/Yamagata lineage) virus
Flu shots are provided at no cost to the following employee groups:
- Professional and scientific
- ISU Foundation
- Iowa State Daily (benefits eligible only)
- 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 this clinic. Flu shots for these individuals are available through Thielen Student Health Center.
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.