Influenza Updates (Effective 2/8/18)

Flu Shots By Appointment @ SHAC - for UNM Students Only

Take One for Raymond LogoStudents: Call SHAC at (505) 277-3136 to schedule an appointment to get a flu shot.

SHAC's "Take One for Raymond" flu shots are dedicated to the 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.

Which type of flu vaccine is SHAC giving this year?

SHAC will be giving the quadrivalent vaccine, by injection, which is an inactivated influenza virus, not a live virus. The ‘quadrivalent’ means that the shot is intended to provide coverage against 4 strains of flu this year.

"Historic Flu Season Hasn't Reached a Peak": UNM Newsroom Article, Feb. 7, 2018

"How to Avoid the Flu This Season": Daily Lobo Article by Shubham Chadha

"...The flu can last for a few days to about two weeks. However, fatigue can last longer, and one of the scary things about the flu is that it can develop into other infections such as pneumonia. So, it is important to take the flu and flu symptoms seriously..."

The Daily Lobo interviewed SHAC Charge Nurse Lisa Leaghigh about flu prevention as well as what to do when you experience flu symptoms. Click here to read the article.

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

Flu Shot Options for the Community

    • UNM Hospitals Flu Shots: Appointments are required. Call UNMH at (505) 925-4636 to schedule an appointment.

    • 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.

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.


SHAC Experts Explain Why Students Need Their Flu Shots − Article by Nicole Creaturo

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

Influenza Prevention Efforts at UNM (eff. Nov. 27, 2015)

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.

2015-2016 Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship Recipient

Tatum Tracy

The 6th recipient of the Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship in the UNM School of Engineering is Tatum Tracy.

She is currently a freshman student in Engineering and a graduate from Valley High School in Sanders, Arizona. Tatum is a General Engineering student, currently taking courses towards a Mechanical Engineering degree and her focus is Aerospace Engineering.  She dreams of someday to be able to work with airplanes and their structure. She shares a passion for becoming an engineer similar to her role model, Mary Golda Ross, the first Native American engineer. Tatum is a Native American student and is very proud of being full-blooded Navajo. She wants to give back to her Native American community and become a role model to other Navajo girls. Tatum came to UNM attracted by its research and the fact that she has family attending UNM that offer her a great support system.

Note: Tatum stopped by the "Take One for Raymond" Flu Shot Clinic at the SUB Atrium on October 27, 2015, to have her photo taken in honor of Raymond.

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.