Influenza vaccination
UNM pharmacy student Monique Dodd administers a flu shot.
Credit: John Arnold

With the start of flu season right around the corner UNM Hospital has scheduled more than two dozen free flu vaccination clinics during the months of October and November. 

Public clinics, including an Oct. 17 drive-thru clinic, are scheduled throughout the Albuquerque area and at UNM Hospital. 

“Vaccinations are one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from seasonal influenza," said UNM Hospital Epidemiologist Meghan Brett, MD. "Everyone over the age of 6 months should have a flu shot." 

Those who visit the free drive-thru clinics – scheduled for Oct. 3 at the UNM North Campus Family Practice Center and on Oct. 17 at the UNM Northeast Heights Clinic – can receive flu vaccines without getting out of their cars.

“While it is impossible to forecast just how serious a flu season will be until we are in it, we do know there are no anticipated flu vaccine shortages. We expect to receive some 35,000 vaccine dosages,” said Brett.

The current 2015/2016 influenza vaccine offers protection against three viruses:

  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • an A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. (This is a B/Yamagata lineage virus)

Some of the 2015/2016 flu vaccine is quadrivalent and also protects against an additional B virus (B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus).

All UNM Hospital public flu shot clinics are free. Following are schedules for the flu shot clinics which will be held in the Albuquerque area:

10/10/15           1209 Primary Care Clinic, 1209 University NE  9 a.m. – 1 p.m., ages 6 months and up

10/10/15           Young Children’s Health Center, 306 San Pablo SE,  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m, ages 6 months and up

10/10/15           Westside Clinic, 4808 McMahon Blvd NW,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m., ages 6 months and up

10/16/15           Adult Urgent Care Clinic,  UNMH, 2211 Lomas Blvd NE, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., ages 6 years and up

10/17/15           Northeast Heights Clinic,  DRIVE THRU, 7801 Academy NE, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., 8 years and up

10/17/15           Lobos Love Pink Homecoming Game – UNM Stadium parking lot, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., adults only

10/19/15           Vein and Cosmetic Clinic, 7007 Wyoming NE, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., ages 6 months and up

10/24/15           UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson NE, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 6 years and up

10/24/15           Southwest Mesa Clinic, 301 Unser NW, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., ages 6 months and up

10/31/15           Lobo Care and Senior Health, 1101-4A Medical Arts Ave. NE,  9 a.m. – 2 p.m., ages 6 months and up

11/7/15             Southeast Heights Clinic, 8200 Central SE, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 8200 Central SE, ages 6 months and up

The public can also participate in flu vaccination clinics that will be held on the fifth floor of the Ambulatory Care Clinics (ACC) at UNM Hospital, 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE, during October and November. The clinics are scheduled for:

10/5/15             11 a.m. – 2 p.m.              6 yrs. and up

10/6/15             10 a.m. – 1 p.m.              6 yrs. and up

10/12/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.               6 yrs. and up

10/13/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.               6 yrs. and up

10/19/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.               6 yrs. and up

10/20/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.              6 yrs. and up

10/26/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.               6 yrs. and up

11/2/15             11 a.m. – 2 p.m.               6 yrs. and up

11/3/15             11 a.m. – 2 p.m.              6 yrs. and up

11/9/15             11 a.m. – 2 p.m.               6 yrs. and up

11/10/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.              6 yrs. and up

11/16/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.              6 yrs. and up

11/17/15           11 a.m. – 2 p.m.              6 yrs. and up