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Every year during the Fall we all have heard the question, "Have you had your flu shot?".  Surprisingly many people have no clue as to what influenza, or the flu, is and why we receive vaccinations for it.  One topic of health and wellness is obviously your health and we want to provide some insight and tips to prevent illness such as the flu. 

Influenza has been a disease that has proven to be deadly in human history.  In 1918 the world was in major turmoil with the emerge of World War I and the birth of a new disease, the flu.   At first when the first soldier reported symptoms of high fever and body aches it was neglected and pushed aside to those that were injured due to combat.  Just one week after the first soldier showed signs 500 more were tagged infected with 48 dead.  Due to War World I, all of the more powerful countries were at highest risk of contracting the new deadly strand of influenza, which is exactly what happened.  It was stated that in the summer and fall of 1918 approximately 1.5 million American soldiers boarded ship across the Atlantic into Europe.  The majority of these soldiers faced a battle before they even were able to step foot on enemy soil.  The flu spread at a rapid rate literally turning battle ships into floating hospitals.  Little did the other soldiers aboard ship know that they had now become carriers that would infect the eastern world. 

The unique aspect influenza and its most deadly attribute is its ability to change and adapt to new environments.  The flu will change depending on the body's immunological make-up.  Everyone has a different defense system and the flu's ability to adapt from one body's immune system to the next makes it one of a kind.  

Some of the more common symptoms of the flu typically include one or more of the following:

  • High Fever
  • Muscle and Body Aches
  • Body Chills
  • Dry Cough
  • Extreme Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Runny Nose   


If you have any of these symptoms consult a physician immediately and get the proper treatment necessary.  Today we have numerous advances in medicine that can help combat the flu and other types of illness.  One of the ways to prevent getting the flu is to receive a flu vaccination yearly.  These can be administered by your doctor or a pharmacy.  Many employers also provide flu vaccinations to all employees so find out if your employer offers them.  Also here at UTPB students and faculty can receive yearly vaccinations.  Be sure to look for posted information and visit our on-site physician  Dr. Garcia for more information regarding the flu and vaccinations.  Click one of the links below to visit the UTPB Student Medical Services and to obtain information about student insurance and all other medical related issues .


Below is a list of valuable sites that provide multiple resources and information regarding the flu and other diseases.  Please educate yourself on symptoms, prevention and tips on ways to live a healthy lifestyle.  Utilizing these resources can better improve your overall health and benefit you in the long run.  Stay well and remember to always wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing!