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Posted September 6, 2017

Get Your Flu Shot at School

APS and Smith’s Pharmacies are hosting vaccine clinics at schools across the district this fall.

It’s that time of year again. Our students are back in the classroom and the temperature will be dropping soon. With fall comes cold and flu season. Don’t worry - you can be protected all season long.

Albuquerque Public Schools is teaming with Smith’s Pharmacy to provide employee flu shots at your school or work location. This is also a great opportunity to find out what other vaccinations you may need. Smith’s will also be giving Tdap and pneumonia vaccines to eligible individuals.

The tentative vaccination clinic schedule through Sept. 25 is:

  • Monday, Sept. 25: Armijo, John Baker, LB Johnson
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: Comanche, Kit Carson, Taft, Lincoln Complex
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27: Chamiza, Chaparral, Lowell, Volcano Vista, Zia
  • Thursday, Sept. 28: Bellehaven, Mary Ann Binford, Polk, Taylor
  • Friday, Sept. 29: Chelwood, Los Ranchos, West Mesa, Whittier

If you work at one of these locations, please check with your school office or manager for the time and place of the flu shot clinic.

After receiving your vaccination, you will get a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase at Smith’s. But wait, there’s more! You can also enter to win one of ten $50 Smith’s gift cards. And for every flu shot given, Smith’s will donate a meal to the local food bank through a partnership with Feeding America.

A flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with the flu and spreading it to others. When more people receive the flu vaccine, less flu viruses can spread through the community.  You can help protect the students at your school, your coworkers, and your family against the flu by getting your flu shot today.

Did you know?

  • Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and pass it on to others.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates between 140,000 to 710,000 flu-related hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 flu-related deaths occur annually.
  • Receiving your flu shot before the virus circulates helps you to be protected at the peak of the season.

Instructions

  1. Complete the Smith’s Immunization Screening and Consent Form prior to the clinic, and bring it with you to get your shot(s).
    This form may not be accessible. If you need assistance, contact Employee Benefits at 889-4859.
  2. Bring your prescription benefits card or cash:
  • For employees covered by the APS benefit, bring your Express Scripts card. Flu, Tdap and pneumococcal vaccine will be offered at no charge for APS members.
  • For employees with insurance outside of APS, bring your prescription benefits card. Flu vaccine will be offered at no charge. Pneumococcal and Tdap vaccine will not be offered on-site; however, after the clinic, the Smith’s Pharmacist may be able to help you determine if your benefits cover these vaccines.
  • For employees without insurance benefits, flu vaccine will be offered for a discounted cash price

Smith’s pharmacists will be offering the vaccines listed below. Review the following recommendations to determine which of the vaccines you may need:

Flu (standard dose injectable flu shot): Everyone six months and older should get an annual influenza shot.

5 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot
1. Less chance of catching the flu as it circulates at work and at home
2. Stop the spread of flu to those most vulnerable to severe illness, such as the very old and very young
3. Receive a coupon for $5 off of $25 grocery purchase at Smith’s
4. Each flu shot recipient will be entered to win one of 10 $50 Smith’s gift cards
5. Smith’s will donate a meal for every flu shot given to the local food bank through a partnership with Feeding America

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough): All adults age 19 and older who have not had a Tdap shot before should receive one dose of Tdap. Pregnant women should receive a dose of Tdap in each pregnancy, preferably between weeks 27-36.

Pneumonia (Pneumovax 23®): Adults age 19 to 64 may need a Pneumovax 23® shot if they have any of the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease, including asthma
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Weakened immune system (due to cancer, kidney failure, HIV/AIDS, radiation therapy and certain medications)
  • Organ or bone marrow transplant
  • Removal of the spleen
  • Smoker

 

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