American Indian schools offer free Flu vaccinations

The University of New Mexico Center for Native American Health (UNM CNAH) is collaborating with the Native American Community Academy (NACA) and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) to protect American Indian and Alaska Native students and community members from influenza with two free flu clinics, sponsored by Walgreens, on the NACA/UNM and SIPI campuses on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

In addition to the two free flu clinics, they will host a flu forum at 12 p.m. in the SIPI campus auditorium featuring speakers from the UNM CNAH, SIPI, CDC and Indian Health Service. All events are free and open to the public.  

The flu clinics and forum mark National influenza Week, Dec. 8-14, 2013, a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and to foster greater use of influenza vaccine through the holiday season into January and beyond. 

American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely than other groups to get sick from the flu, be hospitalized and even die from flu-related complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Getting the flu vaccine each year can keep you from getting sick and keep you from spreading the flu to children and elders—those who can get very sick from flu. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone.

These events are part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Protect the Circle of Life Campaign” to raise awareness about the importance of flu vaccination among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Additional information about the flu: Protect the Circle of Life Fact Sheet. 

 

Clinic locations 

9-11 a.m.

Native American Community Academy (NACA)

1000 Indian School Road NW  
(Next to UNM-Health Sciences Center Law, 1117 Stanford NE) 
 
10 a.m.-3p.m.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) 
9169 Coors Blvd. NW

(Drive-through clinic)

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