“Immunizations are one of the best tools we have to protect our children from serious, vaccine-preventable diseases and the special clinics are the perfect opportunity to have your child immunized before they start back to school this fall,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Catherine Torres, M.D. “Parents need to keep their child’s immunizations up-to-date to keep them safe and healthy. I encourage all New Mexico parents to take advantage of the upcoming clinics.”
Parents should bring their child’s immunization record and Medicaid or private health insurance card. To find a clinic in local communities statewide, people are encouraged to call 1-866-681-5872 or go online to www.immunizenm.org and click on the Got Shots? Protect Tots! Logo.
The “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” immunization campaign is organized by the New Mexico Immunization Coalition, which includes the New Mexico Primary Care Association and the Department of Health. More than 80 private practices, community health centers and public health offices are participating in the “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” immunization clinics.
This is the seventh year that members of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition have partnered for summer back to school immunization events. From 2008 - 2011, “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” providers gave more than 22,700 immunizations to more than 9,100 children across the state.
The Department of Health provides immunizations at no cost year round at public health clinics in every county for uninsured children. Immunizations are the best way to protect children from serious, vaccine-preventable diseases. Public health offices are listed in the blue pages of the phonebook or online at www.nmhealth.org.