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Free for students: UTSA Student Health Services offers flu, Tdap shots

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(Feb. 15, 2012) -- UTSA Student Health Services has a limited supply of free flu and Tdap vaccine for students. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and lockjaw. This is a great opportunity for UTSA students to take advantage of the vaccines that can protect them from serious illnesses.

"We are now seeing an increase in positive flu cases in the clinic," said Beth Wichman, M.D., director of UTSA Student Health Services. "This year's flu season is delayed. Typically, the season starts in December or January. Therefore, getting inoculated will reduce the risk of becoming ill with the influenza virus."

The Tdap vaccine is important for adults because the inoculation protects from diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw) and pertussis (whooping cough), which are serious diseases caused by bacteria.

  • Tetanus (lockjaw) enters the body through cuts or wounds and causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to locking of the jaw so the victim cannot open his or her mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to two out of 10 cases.
  • Diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) are spread from person to person. Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat and can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and even death.
  • Pertussis causes coughing spells so bad that it is hard for the person to eat, drink or breathe. These spells can last for weeks and can lead to pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring spells), brain damage and death. 

 

For faster service, call to make an appointment between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday-Friday:

  • Main Campus: Recreation and Wellness Center Suite 1.500, 210-458-4142
  • Downtown Campus: Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.308, 210-458-2930

 


 

 

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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