Flu clinics available throughout September in Ames

Abigail Barefoot

Thielen Student Health Center began holding flu clinics Wednesday and will continue through the month.

The events will be held at Union Drive Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Wednesday and Thursday in September.

Flu shots are being offered earlier than in previous years because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended everyone more than the age of 6 months get the flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available this fall, according to a news release from Iowa State’s News Service.

Students interested should bring their ISU ID when they stop by.

The injectable vaccination will be $20 and the flu mist will be $25 with either charge going directly to students’ U-bills.

The injectable flu shot is a needle injection in the arm containing dead flu viruses.

The flu mist is a spray flu vaccine sprayed through the nose, containing live viruses, said Laura Knowles, Thielen Student Health Center program coordinator.

Thielen Student Heath Center advises students to go to www.CDC.gov. The site provides additional information on the flu, vaccines, effectiveness of the shot and symptoms.