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Inside Iowa State
Oct. 4, 1996

It's time to get your annual flu shot

The university has made available a limited number of flu shots for faculty and staff (those eligible for health coverage). There is no charge to the employee. Immunization clinics will be held by Occupational Medicine during October and November.

The influenza (flu) vaccine helps prevent viral influenza, an infectious illness characterized by fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat and headache, said Dr. Steven Sheldahl, director of Occupational Medicine. Flu epidemics occur in the late fall and winter.

The best time to receive the vaccine is during the fall to protect against these outbreaks. The influenza shot is needed annually since the virus that causes the flu varies.

The influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for people at risk for serious complications should they get the flu, Sheldahl said. These high-risk groups include everyone 65 years old or older and younger people who have heart problems, lung problems, diabetes, kidney problems or problems with their immune system.

The shot also is recommended for people who live with someone who faces increased flu risks and those who wish to reduce the chance of getting the influenza infection.

Eligible employees may receive flu shots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 through Nov. 8 in 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility (between Spedding and Gilman halls). No appointment is necessary.

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