With flu season upon us, the University of New Mexico’s Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) center is working to get as many university community members vaccinated as possible.

SHAC held its first set of the “Take One for Raymond” Flu Shot Clinics on Oct. 26 & 27, and organizers say they provided vaccines to more than 1,000 people.

The yearly, free clinics are dedicated to the memory of UNM student Raymond Plotkin, who passed away from the H1N1 flu virus in 2009. After his death, Plotkin’s parents established the “Take One for Raymond” Initiative and scholarship program to encourage everyone to get their season flu shots.

SHAC teams up with UNMH and the Health Science Center to put on the annual event.

“These mass campaigns are a good way to bring awareness to the issue of flu vaccines and influenza, and it also makes it convenient for people to get their flu shot,” said Lisa Leahigh, a nurse supervisor at SHAC.

Organizers hold the clinics over four days in the Student Union Atrium. Leahigh said they typically provide about 3,600 shots in total.

Still need a flu shot?

     WHAT: SHAC's "Take One for Raymond" Flu Shot Clinics 

     WHEN: Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 2 - 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

     WHERE: SUB Atrium

“There are people who can’t get the flu vaccine, so if we get our flu shot we can help protect those people who can’t get them while protecting ourselves,” said Leahigh.