CON Receives Grant to Improve Immunzation

The New Mexico Immunization Coalition (NMIC) recently awarded the University of New Mexico College of Nursing a grant of $451 as part of its effort to increase child immunization in New Mexico.

James Stapleton, MSN, CFNP,  of the UNM College of Nursing said the grant will go toward the costs of advertising for the college's "Shots-for-Tots-to-Teens" immunization clinic this July. "There will be several sites in Albuquerque for the July clinic and we will identify children who need additional immunizations and make the parents aware of the free follow up clinics the college will run in September and October," Stapelton said. The College of Nursing faculty and students are donating their time to staff these two clinics and administer the vaccinces.

NMIC Executive Director Anne Levy said that most parents keep their child's vaccinations up to date until the child's first birthday. After that, however, parents often fall behind, failing to follow the child's vaccine schedule until the child is five. "During that time, children who are not up to date on their shots are vulnerable for diseases," Levy said.

According to the NMIC, the purpose of the grants, available to all state health care providers, is to "support the development and enhancement of local immunization coalitions, to raise awareness, and to increase immunization rates through local events, educational projects, and promotional materials."

This is the first year the UNM College of Nursing will implement folllow-up clinics to the Shots-for-Tots-to-Teens clinic, which is free to any New Mexico child. The Shots-for-Tots to Teens clinic will be on July 31 at the Los Griegos Community Center which is located at 1231 Candelaria NW as well as other sites around the city. The two additional College of Nursing clinics will be in early September and mid-October at the Los Griegos Community Center.

As a recipient of the NMIC mini-grant program, the UNM College of Nursing once again proves its dedication to providing quality health care to the community of Albuquerque and New Mexico.

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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