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Release Date: 10/3/2013

Oct. 3, 2013

Katie Coppens, Optum
1-505-262-7104 (Office)
1-505-239-5570 (Cell)




18 locations offering shots throughout Albuquerque, Rio Rancho


Albuquerque, N.M. — The 2013 flu season has hit Albuquerque earlier than in past years, and Optum is helping the community prevent unwanted illness by offering flu shots at 18 clinics around Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

“It is important that everyone six months of age and older get the flu shot," said Aric Coffman, Chief Medical Officer for Optum. “Please keep in mind that the highest risk of flu occurs in children younger than age two, adults age 65 or older and people of any age with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or weakened immune systems. Optum has the supply and wants to do our part to protect our community.”

Dr. Coffman also reminds that flu spreads easily, especially through schools, nursing homes or businesses. The virus can be transmitted through the air or by hand contact. In addition to the flu shot, people should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and wash their hands regularly to prevent flu.

Patients can call their primary care providers to schedule a flu shot appointment at one of the following locations:

  • Adult Medicine: Gibson, Journal Center
  • Carlisle Healthcare Center
  • Coors Healthcare Center
  • Juan Tabo Healthcare Center North
  • Juan Tabo Healthcare Center South
  • Montgomery Healthcare Center
  • Rio Bravo Healthcare Center
  • Rio Rancho Healthcare Center
  • Tramway Healthcare Center
  • Westside Medical Pavilion
  • Women’s Health: Gibson, Journal Center, Westside Medical Pavilion, Center for Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics: Gibson, Journal Center, Rio Rancho Healthcare Center

Pediatric flu shots are also available. Contact ABQ HP Pediatrics today to schedule an appointment.

If a patient already has an existing appointment scheduled, a flu shot can be administered at that time. For more information, call the ABQ HP Flu Hotline at 262-7090 or visit  

About Optum

Optum is a physician-driven, multi-specialty medical group based in Albuquerque, NM. The company offers comprehensive health care services backed by 43 medical and surgical specialties with 18 locations throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Optum recently merged with Optum HealthCare Partners LLC, a nationally recognized leader for its pioneering work in coordinated care. For more information about Optum, please visit

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