Sandoval County is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Health to host a flu vaccination clinic and health fair on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Sandoval County Administration Campus, Health Commons Building B, 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo NM. There is no charge for flu shots at the event, however, those attending should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them if they have one.
The New Mexico Department of Health recommends that everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially people in the following groups because they are at high-risk of having serious flu-related complications, or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:• Children 6 months through 4 years of age
- Pregnant women (any trimester)
- People age 50 and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease, and those who are immunocompromised
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- People who are morbidly obese
- Healthcare and early childhood personnel
People in these groups should also consider seeing their health care provider to be evaluated for antiviral medication if they develop flu symptoms. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses which are expected to be most common during the upcoming season. Vaccination remains the best protection against influenza.
Public Health offices throughout the state have vaccines available for those without insurance.
For further information about the flu vaccination clinic and health fair, call (505) 867-2291