By Mark Rudi

Sure Shot

UNM Hospital Announces Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Campaign

The University of New Mexico Hospital’s 2020-21 Influenza Campaign begins on Saturday, Sept. 26. UNMH is offering free flu vaccines with seven drive-thru clinics across the Albuquerque metro area, while supplies last.

Patients are asked to follow COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing a mask for all drive-thru clinics. For a faster experience, patients can fill out this pre-registration form prior to visiting a drive-thru clinic. Patients are also asked to wear a short sleeve shirt for easy access to the upper arm muscle.

vaccination.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual influenza vaccine for anyone six months and older. According to the CDC, the annual flu vaccine is the best away to help protect against the flu and reduces the risks of flu illness, hospitalizations and the risk of flu-related death in children.

In 2018-19, the annual flu vaccine prevented an estimated 4.4 million influenza cases, 2.3 million influenza-associated medical visits, 58,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations and 3,500 influenza-associated deaths, according to the CDC. For more information on the seasonal flu vaccine, visit the CDC’s website.

The clinics are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

UNM Family Medicine Clinic, 2400 Tucker Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. (Ages 6 months and up)

Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

UNM Family Health Clinic, Atrisco Heritage, 10800 Dennis Chavez Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121. (Ages 6 months and up)

Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

UNM Family Health Clinic, Northeast Heights, 7801 Academy Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. (Ages 6 months and up)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UNM Family Health Clinic, Southwest Mesa, 301 Unser Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121 (Ages 6 months and up)

UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, 3001 Broadmoor Blvd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144 (Ages 9 years and up)

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

UNM Dental Clinic, 1801 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 (Ages 6 months and up)

Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

UNM Family Health at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 (Ages 6 months and up)

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