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Clinics ease the financial sting out of immunizations

Colton Shone
July 31, 2017 06:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Many parents have to get their child's vaccines updated before the school year begins, and there are a few clinics happening around the metro area that are giving out free shots.

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Free or not, it's a fear for many littles ones.

"From when the first shot I got when I was a kid, it hurt because I wasn't used to it," said student Marco Martinez. "Now it's nothing."

Marco got his latest round of shots Monday at the Bernalillo County Public Health Department in the South Valley. His dad appreciates these clinics.

"Because it's quick, easier, you know I don't have to be waiting long and I have to go to work. It's convenient," said Juan Martinez.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health's 2014-2015 data, school vaccines exemptions make up only a small fraction of the pool.

  • In Albuquerque Public Schools, 665 students were exempt out of 92,245 students.
  • In Rio Rancho Public School, 126 were exempt out of 17,206.
  • In Bernalillo Public Schools, 6 were exempt out of  2,934.

The state health department has partnered with many organizations to offer free vaccines to kids as part of the "Got Shots?" campaign. All that's needed is the child's shot record and insurance card, including Medicaid.

Clinic: Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 - 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 - 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Location: 2001 N. Centro Familiar SW

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