For Appointments: (515) 294-5801

Flu Vaccination Information

Getting your flu vaccination early is the most effective form of prevention!

Flu vaccines are now available – see mobile clinic dates below for 2023. 

Getting a flu vaccine reduces the risk of having to go to the doctor for influenza by about 60%, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

During flu season, flu vaccines are available through Thielen Student Health Center. Students can make an appointment for a time that fits into their schedules.

Following our traditional billing procedures, cost will be billed to a student’s insurance first, and any unpaid cost will be billed to the u-bill.

If you have questions, please call the clinic at 515-294-5801.

Mobile Flu Shot Clinics

Each person who received a flu vaccine at the mobile clinics will receive a FREE pair of blue light glasses.

Tuesday, October 10 10AM-2:30PM Memorial Union, Cardinal Room
Wednesday, October 11 10AM-2:30PM Memorial Union, Cardinal Room
Wednesday, October 18 10AM-2:30PM Memorial Union, Cardinal Room
Tuesday, October 24 10AM-2:30PM Memorial Union, Cardinal Room
Wednesday, October 25 10AM-2:30PM Memorial Union, Cardinal Room
Tuesday, November 14 10AM-2:30PM Memorial Union, Cardinal Room
Wednesday, November 15 10AM-2:30PM Memorial Union, Cardinal Room

Symptoms of Influenza

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is characterized by sudden onset of fever, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, cough and/or congestion. Other symptoms may include nausea, but these are much less common.

What to do if you get the flu:

  1. Stay home from school, work and all meetings or appointments until your symptoms subside and you have been without a fever for 24-hours (without taking fever-reducing medications). This can take from 3-5 days or longer depending on the individual case.
  2. Consider over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen to help relieve symptoms such as discomfort from body aches, cough or other symptoms you may be experiencing.
  3. Anti-viral medications such as Tamilflu are not recommended for otherwise healthy people with the flu.
  4. Get as much sleep as possible, and do not over-exert yourself physically. Do not go to the gym.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids and eat a nutritious diet.

Most cases of the flu will not require a visit to your doctor. However…

  • Students should call their healthcare provider if they experience marked worsening of symptoms such as increasing cough with shortness of breath, or prolonged periods of fever greater than 101 degrees F that aren’t relieved by taking over-the-counter, fever-reducing medications.
  • Students should seek emergency treatment if they have difficulty breathing, feel severe pain or pressure in their chest or abdomen, suddenly get dizzy or confused; or experience severe or persistent vomiting.
  • If influenza-like symptoms get better, but then return with a worse fever and cough, students should seek medical advice.
  • Women who are pregnant or people with chronic health conditions should seek guidance from their doctors if they experience influenza symptoms.

It is in everyone’s best interest for ill persons to stay home when they’re sick. Please do not require a class excuse for your students or employees who are home ill with the flu.

Things you can do to avoid getting the flu:

  1. Get the flu vaccine; it’s not too late to be vaccinated. The flu vaccine is available at the student health center.
  2. Wash your hands frequently or used alcohol-based hand sanitizing gels. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  4. Avoid close contact with persons who are ill with the flu.
  5. Remember to cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and wash your hands immediately afterward. Throw used tissues in the trash immediately.
  6. Take good care of your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, eating a nutritious diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoiding high levels of stress.

Student Health recommends visiting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for further recommendations on vaccination and seasonal flu activity.