July 25, 2008

Dept. Of Health Hosts Back-to-School Clinics

By The Deming Headlight, N.M.

Jul. 25--The New Mexico Department of Health is offering special back to school immunization clinics starting next week through August. The Department of Health is also partnering with the New Mexico Immunization Coalition and the New Mexico Primary Care Association to hold 44 immunization clinics August 4 through 9, as part of the Got Shots? Protect Tots! quarterly events.

Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil said the clinics offer parents more opportunities to have their children immunized. Several clinics will offer extended hours and will give shots on Saturday. All immunizations are free and parents should bring a copy of their child's immunization record.

"Immunizations are the best way to keep our children safe from diseases, and we have to do everything we can to make it easy for families to have their children immunized," Vigil said. "The clinics are a great opportunity for parents to get their children's shots up to date."

The Got Shots? Protect Tots! campaign is sponsored by the Department of Health, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition and the New Mexico Primary Care Association. The Got Shots? Protect Tots! immunization clinics were launched in November 2007, and medical providers have immunized more than

1,700 children at events held in November, February and April 2007.

"The participating providers want to make sure children are protected and are willing to offer extra hours and walk in clinics to remove some of the barriers that parents face," said Anna Pentler, executive director of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition. "This is the third week this year that we have offered Got Shots? Protect Tots! and many families have benefited so far from these free immunization opportunities. We are so thankful to the providers for helping to protect New Mexico's children."

To find a Got Shots? Protect Tots! clinic in your area, visit the Department of Health online at www.nmhealth.org and click on the Got Shots? Protect Tots! icon or call 1-866-406-1919.

The Department of Health also offers immunizations year round at public health offices around the state. Immunizations can protect children from such diseases as measles, mumps, diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis) and chicken pox (varicella). To find a public health office, look up important links under www.nmhealth.org or find a local public health office in the State government pages of your phone book. The Department's website also has the list of required immunizations for school entry: www.nmhealth.org/immunize/Pages/Public/sched/sched.html.

Got shots

--August 4-9, 2008

Luna County

--Ben Archer Health Center, 125 Chaparral NW, Deming, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (575) 546-4800

--Dr. Maria Hatol, 1000 S. 8th St., Deming

Friday 1 to 5 p.m. (575) 544-4975

--Luna PHO-Deming, 215 S. Silver, Deming

Thursday 9 to 11a.m. & 1 to 3p.m. (575) 546-2771


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