The Importance of Flu Shots
Nancy Newman

By Nancy Newman

All semester, we’ve embraced a “Protect the Pack” mentality, encouraging everyone on campus to wear a mask, watch our distance and limit the number of people with whom we’re in close contact. It’s how we minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Now we’re asking students to add another layer of protection—by getting a flu shot. Flu vaccinations can lessen the spread of seasonal flu, which helps protect hospital capacity as our community deals with the pandemic.

The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine by the end of October. We’re grateful to the nearly 300 members of our campus community who used our flu shot clinic in late September. Those who still need a flu shot can stop by any Lincoln pharmacy or the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

Ensuring that our traditional undergraduate population is fully vaccinated helps keep our campus safe for your student and their peers.

First-year students and new transfer students are reminded to submit their student health form, which documents the dates for two MMR vaccinations and a meningitis vaccination at or after age 16. New students will not be able to register for spring-semester classes until they have completed their health forms. Students who haven’t yet turned in their forms have been contacted via their NWU email.

Nancy Newman



—Nancy Newman is the director of Student Health Services.