The University of New Mexico is once again offering free flu shots in an effort to promote health and wellness this flu season.
Shots will be provided at a variety of drive-thru clinics in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for anyone 6 months or older. The clinics will be offered from Sept. 25 through Oct. 30. Upon arrival at the vaccination site, patients should have their medical ID card, a mask, and a short-sleeved shirt.
For added convenience, several flu shot clinics will be held at various campus locations including:
- Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Domenici Building (North Campus)
- Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 5 & 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) Plaza, south side of building
- Tuesday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hokona Hall Ballroom
- Tuesday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lobo Rainforest
- Wednesday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lobo Village
To view all times and locations, visit UNM Health's public clinic schedule.
Each year, flu viruses are constantly changing. For the 2020-2021 flu season, the influenza vaccine was updated to better fight the virus. Out of caution, the flu vaccine will be administered at least 14 days before or after someone receives a COVID-19 vaccine.
During the peak of the pandemic last year, the flu season was virtually nonexistent. This could be attributed to the COVID-19 protocols set into place, such as masking and social distancing. This year, lockdown rules are more passive, so is a higher risk of flu transmission.
To further prevent the spread of influenza and COVID-19 virus, people are recommended to wear face masks and practice good hand hygiene. Before getting a flu vaccine, patients should consult their doctor to ensure their health status permits vaccination.