Administration of the flu vaccine
Administration of the flu vaccine
Credit: Sara Mota

The University of New Mexico Hospitals’ 2017-18 flu-shot campaign kicks off October 7 and includes 20 Saturday community clinics through December 2. UNM’s primary care clinics will see adults and children six months and older, while its specialty care clinics will see adults only.

This year’s campaign requires a scheduled appointment for a flu vaccine. A dedicated phone line for scheduling Saturday appointments is operational Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at (505) 925-INFO (4636). The flu vaccine is fully covered, with no copay, for any person with UNM in-network insurance. Out-of-network adult patients and those with no insurance coverage will be responsible for a $20 copayment. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. All patients 18 and under will receive a flu shot at no cost.

“UNM Hospitals’ cost for this year’s vaccine increased by nearly 50 percent, but it covers more strains than in previous years,” says hospital epidemiologist Meghan Brett, MD. “We’re also better organized from a public health perspective in having a more accurate record of who received the vaccine when. That’s important if there are problems with the vaccine.” Scheduling an appointment also adds convenience by eliminating long waiting lines and making parking easier.

UNM Primary Care Clinics – flu shots for adults and children six months and older

October 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.         UNM Southwest Mesa Clinic, 301 Unser Blvd. SW

October 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.       UNM Westside Clinic, 48080 McMahon Blvd. NW, and UNM Family Medicine Clinic, 2400 Tucker Ave. NE

October 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.       UNM Family Health Clinic, 1209 University Blvd. NE

October 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.       UNM LoboCare Clinic, 1101 Medical Arts Ave. NE, Bldg. 4 and UNM Southeast Heights Clinic, 8200 Central Ave. SE

November 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.     UNM LoboCare Clinic, 1101 Medical Arts Ave. NE, Bldg. 4

November 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   UNM North Valley Clinic, 3401 4th St. NW

November 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   UNM Northeast Heights Clinic, 7801 Academy Rd. NE

December 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.      UNM Westside Clinic, 4808 McMahon Blvd. NW

CANCELLED - All UNM Specialty Care Clinics Flu Shots are cancelled

October 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.      

UNM Cardiology Clinic, 1101 Medical Arts Ave. NE

UNM Center for Digestive Disease, 1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. NE

UNM Urology, Vascular, Nephrology Clinic, 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE

UNM Orthopedics Faculty Clinic, 1101 Medical Arts Ave. NE

UNM Dermatology Clinic, 1021 Medical Arts Ave. NE

November 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

UNM Dermatology Clinic, 1021 Medical Arts Ave. NE

UNM Sleep Center Clinic, 1101 Medical Arts Ave. NE, Bldg. 2

UNM Cardiology Clinic, 1101 Medical Arts NE, Bldg. 4

UNM Medicine Specialties Clinic, UNM Main Hospital, 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE, fifth floor

UNM Urology, Vascular, Nephrology Clinic, UNM Main Hospital, 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE, first floor

For more information on UNM Hospitals, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/health/locations/unm-hospital.html.