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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

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Becky Kenny
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 3, 2009 – August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month. It is a perfect time to bring children's and adult's shot records up-to-date and catch up on needed vaccinations prior to returning to school. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) is partnering with nurses from the Department of Health (DOH) and the ENMU-Roswell Division of Health to help make this easier for New Mexico families.

The goal of National Immunization Awareness Month is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly. Immunizations are one of the most significant health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines provide safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. "Prevention is the key to good health," states Matthew Fontana, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, BCBSNM. "By adhering to the recommended guidelines for routine immunizations, individuals can safeguard their health and the health of their family members."

The BCBSNM Care Van and nurses with Department of Health will be at the following locations for free immunization clinics:

Ruidoso, NM
August 14
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kidz Connection
Corner of Hull and White Mountain

Ruidoso, NM
August 18
8:00 a.m. to noon
144 Sudderth

Roswell, NM
August 19
8:00 a.m. to noon
UFO McDonald's
720 N. Main

Hobbs, NM
August 21
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1709 N. Turner

Lovington, NM
August 21
2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
410 S. Main

For further information about these immunization clinics, call the BCBSNM Care Van Coordinator at 505-850-7066.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.



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