Special Immunization Clinics to be Held in August

07.30.2009

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health and several healthcare providers from across the state will hold special immunization clinics August 10 through 22 for children through 18 years old as part of the “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” immunization campaign. The “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” immunization campaign is organized by the New Mexico Primary Care Association and the New Mexico Immunization Coalition, which includes the Department of Health.

While the special clinics are scheduled for August 10 through 22, some providers will hold clinics as early as August 3. Participating providers will offer immunizations to any child, regardless of whether he or she is a patient or has insurance as part of "Got Shots? Protect Tots!" clinics. Many providers will hold clinics on weekends and after normal business hours to accommodate more families.

“The start of the new school year is right around the corner, and these special clinics are a perfect opportunity for parents to have their children immunized and make sure they are ready to start school,” said Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD. “I encourage parents to take advantage of the special clinics. Keeping your child’s immunizations up-to-date is the best way to protect them from serious and preventable diseases.”

Approximately 72 private practices, community health centers and public health offices are participating in the “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” immunization clinics. This is the second year that members of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition have partnered for quarterly “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” events. During all the 2008 events, providers gave more than 9,500 immunizations to more than 4,000 children across the state.

“Through the ‘Got Shots? Protect Tots!’ campaign, we hope to make it as simple and convenient as possible for families to get their children up to date,” said Anna Pentler, executive director of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition. “We hope parents will take advantage of the extra clinics, expanded hours and the ability to walk-in without an appointment.”

The Department of Health provides free immunizations at public health clinics in every county for children whose parents are not insured. Immunizations are the best way to protect children from serious, preventable diseases. The Department is focusing attention on communities that need additional support in getting their children immunized on time every time. The Department will always look for new ways to get more children protected against preventable diseases.

Parents should bring a copy of their child’s immunization record to the immunization clinics. To find a clinic near you, go online to www.immunizenm.org and click on the Got Shots link, or call toll-free, 1-866-681-5872.