UNM Health to host back-to-school shot clinic Saturday

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – UNM Health wants kids to stay healthy and protect them from diseases, so they’re holding a free back-to-school shot clinic this weekend. 

Thousands of kids across the state are starting to get ready for the first day of school coming up in just a few weeks. For some, that means rolling up the sleeves and getting vaccinated.

“We have a great opportunity in the spread of illnesses, in just the classroom setting in people being close together, just a higher probability of spreading illnesses,” said Alex Hang, Southwest Mesa Family Health Clinic unit director.  

Hang says they’re holding the clinic this weekend so more parents will be able to bring their kids.

“Things like hepatitis, verisellum, measles, mumps, rubella just to name a few. We’re also doing COVID vaccines for children 12 and up,” said Hang.  

Hang says to bring your children’s shot record, if you don’t have it, they can look it up on the state health department’s website. 

The free shot clinic is at the UNM Southwest Mesa Family Health Clinic on Unser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 23.

It’s for those up to 18 in age, and insurance and appointments are not required.

Children will also get a backpack filled with back-to-school supplies.