Wartburg College students are encouraged to get flu vaccinations on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11-12.

“The number-one way to prevent the influenza viral infection is to get the vaccination every year,” said Dawn Wiegmann, RN, Wartburg College director of wellness and health promotion. “The best time to be vaccinated is October or November to allow your body time to develop antibodies to the flu virus before the peak flu season.”

The vaccinations will available by shot or nasal mist Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Wednesday, noon-2:30 p.m., in the McCoy East Room of Saemann Student Center. The cost is $28, which students can pay when vaccinated or charge to their student account.

Wiegmann said the shot is “an inactivated vaccine made of killed virus,” while the mist is “a low dose of live, but weakened, flu viruses.” 

The mist is not given to individuals who are pregnant, have chronic medical conditions or suppressed immune systems, or are receiving aspirin therapy.  

“The flu shot is between 70 and 90 percent effective in warding off illness, depending on the length and intensity of a given flu season and your overall health,” Wiegmann said. “In a few cases, people who get a flu shot may still get the flu, but they’ll get a much less virulent form of the illness.