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UNMH flu clinics on hold, vaccines delayed

flushotALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Flu-shot clinics sponsored by the University of New Mexico Hospitals have been placed on hold because of manufacturing delays of the vaccine.

UNMH now expects to receive the vaccine in mid- to late-October, said epidemiologist Meghan Brett.

The UNM Health Sciences Center and UNM Hospitals had scheduled seven free clinics across Albuquerque in October and November. The first, scheduled for this Saturday at the UNM Westside Clinic, has been postponed.

Other October clinics, including the popular drive-thru clinics, remain tentatively scheduled but could also be postponed, depending on the vaccine supply. UNMH will try to reschedule any postponed clinics.

Flu season typically ramps up in December and peaks later in the winter.

“Even with the delayed delivery, there’s still plenty of time to get your flu shot,” Brett said.

Those who visit the free drive-thru clinics, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18 and Oct. 25, can receive flu vaccines without getting out of their cars. Drive-thru vaccinations are available for adults and children ages 9 and older. All other clinics offer flu shots to adults and children ages 6 months and older.

For an updated flu-shot clinic schedule, visit hsc.unm.edu, or call the hospital switchboard at 272-2111.

Following are the times and locations of the flu shot clinics. UNMH will try to reschedule any postponed clinics. Visit hsc.unm.edu to find the updated flu-shot clinic schedule:

Oct. 4 (Postponed) — UNM Westside Clinic, 4808 McMahon NW, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6 months and older;

Oct. 11 (Tentative) — 1209 Family Health Clinic, 1209 University Blvd. NE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6 months and older;

Oct. 18 (Tentative) — Drive-thru clinic, NE Heights Family Health Clinic, 7801 Academy NE, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 9 years and older;

Oct. 25 (Tentative) — Drive-thru clinic, Family Practice Center (UNM North Campus), 2400 Tucker NE, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 9 years and older;

Nov. 1 — Southwest Mesa Clinic, 301 Unser Blvd. NW, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6 months and older;

Nov. 8 — Lobocare and Senior Clinic, 1101-4A Medical Arts Ave. NE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6 months and older;

Nov. 15 — Southeast Heights Clinic, 8200 Central SE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6 months and older.

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