The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the statistics and many benefits for getting a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccines prevent millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. It is estimated flu vaccinations prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations during 2016-2017.
Flu vaccines can reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with the flu by 40 to 60 percent.
Employee Wellness and Human Resources encourage all UNM benefit eligible employees enrolled on the UNM Medical and Prescription plan to take advantage of their benefit of no cost flu shots. Be sure to discuss with your doctor before proceeding, to ensure that your health status warrants taking the flu vaccine. Simply show your Express Scripts member card to receive your vaccine this season at the various flu shot clinics being offered in November or your participating pharmacy. Employees may also obtain flu shots through their primary care providers.
For employees and dependents not currently participating in UNM’s Medical/Prescription plans, UNM Health Science Center is offering free community flu shots.
Flu shots protect you, your family, your co-workers and your community. Get your flu shot this season or see your primary care provider this fall to address your questions about the flu shot or other vaccinations.