Free flu shot clinics offered around Santa Fe

January 24, 2019

With influenza cases still widespread throughout New Mexico, health providers and other organizations have been offering free flu shot clinics in Santa Fe. Health officials say it’s not too late in the season to get vaccinated against the viral illness, which might not peak in the state for a few more weeks.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center were at the state Capitol on Tuesday to offer flu vaccinations and health screenings at no cost to patients 18 and older. The services will continue in a mobile health care van on the east side of the Capitol, at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 and Feb. 14.

The state Department of Health and Santa Fe Community College also have teamed up to offer free vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday — or while supplies last — in the Jemez Rooms on campus, 6401 Richards Ave.

In its latest flu season report, the Department of Health said there have been 68 flu-related deaths in the state so far this season. In the past few years, the flu season didn’t peak until mid- to late February. The 2017-18 season saw 284 deaths, with a sharp spike in flu cases in early February.

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