Iowa State University

Inside Iowa State
Oct. 10, 1997

Free flu shot available

A limited number of free flu shots are available for faculty and staff at Occupational Medicine.

"The influenza (flu) vaccine helps prevent viral influenza, which is an infectious illness characterized by fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat and headache," said Dr. Steven Sheldahl, director of Occupational Medicine.

Epidemics of influenza occur in late fall and winter months. The best time to receive the influenza vaccine is during the fall. The shot is needed annually since the virus that causes the flu may change every year.

"The influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for persons with certain illnesses that place them at increased risk for serious complications should they get the flu," Sheldahl said.

High-risk groups include those 65 years or older, diabetics and those with problems of the heart, lungs, kidneys or immune system. The shot also is recommended for those who live with someone in a high-risk group, and those who want to reduce the chance of acquiring the influenza infection.

Shots will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20-Nov. 14 at 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility (between Spedding and Gilman). No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 4-0874.

Iowa State homepage

Inside Iowa State,, University Relations
Copyright © 1997, Iowa State University, all rights reserved
Revised 10/9/97