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Influenza Updates

Fall 2018 Flu Shots for UNM Students (Eff. 10/18/18)

SHAC offers flu shots for students 18 years or older by appointment only (while supplies last). To schedule an appointment, call SHAC at (505) 277-3136.

Note: SHAC is participating in Alana’s Flu Challenge, a national college and university flu shot challenge to increase flu vaccination rates among college students. Three institutions (one small, medium, and large) with the most amount of surveys completed will win the Alana Yaksich Memorial Trophy. To participate in the challenge, flu shot recipients are asked to fill out a quick six question survey online.

For more information or questions about SHAC Flu Shots, call SHAC at (505) 277-3136.

Flu Shot Options for the Community

    • HSC Flu Shot Clinics: UNM Health Sciences Center will offer free influenza vaccines to the community for anyone six months and older each Saturday from September 29 through November 17, including three drive-thru clinics. Click here for information.

    • Flu Shots (by appointment only) for UNM Staff & Faculty:
      • UNM LoboCare Clinic, 1101 Medical Arts Ave. NE, Building #4, Suite A, (505) 272-8481
      • UNM Employee Occupational Health, Family Practice Center, 2400 Tucker NE,  (505) 272-8043

    • New Mexico Department of Health: For information about flu shot clinics throughout New Mexico, you can call the Immunization Hotline toll free at 1-800-280-1618 (option 4).

    • HealthMap Vaccine Finder

    • CDC Flu Vaccine Finder: Find a local pharmacy near you that offers flu shots.

Note: Many local pharmacies and/or your primary care provider may have flu shots available.

Influenza Prevention Efforts at UNM

Raymond Plotkin PhotoTake One For Raymond"Take One for Raymond" Flu Shot & Scholarship Initiative

UNM SHAC dedicates their annual flu shot clinics in memory of UNM student Raymond Plotkin, who passed away from the H1N1 virus in 2009.

Raymond’s parents established the “Take One for Raymond” Initiative and Scholarship program to encourage everyone to get their seasonal flu shots.

See below for more information.

2018 Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship Recipient

Noah Moreno

The following news article is from the UNM Engineering Student Success Center website (April 2018):

The 7th recipient of the Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship in the UNM School of Engineering is Noah A. Moreno. He is currently a freshman student at UNM double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Physics.  He graduated from Rio Rancho High School and is the youngest of seven children in his family. Two of Moreno’s siblings are also majoring in Engineering (one in Electrical and one in Civil).

Noah is also a recipient of the Children’s Cancer Fund Scholarship at UNM.  He enjoys reading, playing video games, basketball and soccer.  He is passionate about math and during his high school years, he participated in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge where his school placed within the top 200 teams in the country out of 1100 participating teams. 

As a proud recipient of the Raymond Plotkin Scholarship, he is inspired by Raymond’s story as he was an aspiring Nuclear Engineer and a kind and generous individual.  Noah says, “That is something I want to follow.  I want to finish my degree, and like Raymond, be kind and generous.  I want to make some kind of change in the world, no matter how small.  I also want to thank the Plotkin family for their generosity and enabling this opportunity.”

The Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship was created by the parents, extended family, friends and fellow peers of Raymond Evan Plotkin to honor his life, his very positive relationship with the University of New Mexico and his potential interest in pursuing a career related to Nuclear Engineering. Raymond was a graduate from Westbury High School in Houston, Texas. Upon arrival at UNM as an incoming freshman, he became a member of the Hispanic Engineering and Science Organization (HESO) and the Hillel at the University of New Mexico. Sadly, Raymond passed away in the fall of 2009, first semester of his freshmen year due to complications resulting from the H1N1‑Swine Flu.

The Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship is endowed; only the interest on the fund is awarded each year so that the scholarship can be awarded in perpetuity. Future donations to the fund will be added to the principle and increase the amount awarded each year. Donations to the fund should be made payable to the UNM Foundation (memo: Raymond Plotkin Scholarship in the School of Engineering). The annual deadline for the Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship is September 15. For further information about the scholarship or how to apply, contact the UNM School of Engineering Scholarship Administrator at, call (505) 277‑5064 or visit the SOE Scholarship website.

Teen's Parents Raise Awareness After Son's Death (Oct. 10, 2016)

UNM parents Elaine and Ronnie Plotkin were interviewed by Houston's Eyewitness News 13 regarding the death of their son Raymond Plotkin from H1N1 flu in 2009, as well as the importance of getting your annual flu shot. Please visit the ABC 13 Eyewitness News Website to watch the interview.

UNM "Take One for Raymond" Flu Shot Clinic Video (Oct. 27, 2015)

Raymond's Parents @ Fall 2013 Flu Shot Clinics

Elaine and Ron Plotkin

Elaine and Ronnie Plotkin participated in the SHAC Flu Shot Clinics on Sep. 25 and 26, 2013 at the SUB Atrium. We really appreciated their help!

For more info about the "Take One for Raymond" Initiative and Scholarship Program, please see the following:

Influenza Updates, Resources, Prevention Tips & Information:

There are precautions that everyone can take to stay healthy. Good hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other communicable diseases.

Wash your hands with soap and clean running water. Visit for more information.

UNM students with questions or concerns can call UNM Student Health & Counseling at (505) 277-3136.