FARMINGTON — San Juan Regional Medical Center will offer seven free flu clinics during October and November.

The clinic series is part of the "One Shot Protects a Lot," campaign to remind people that when they are vaccinated, they protect themselves and all those they come in contact with.

"What we do know is that there are certain groups that are at risk," said Roberta Rogers, marketing director at the medical center. "It originally began as an effort to meet community need. We want to reach individuals who can't otherwise get (the vaccine)."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal vaccinations for everyone older than 6 months.

Among the high-risk groups are women, children younger than 5, adults 50 and older, those suffering from certain chronic medical conditions, nursing home or long-term care facility residents, and anyone who cares for those at high risk, such as health care workers.

Those particularly vulnerable to contracting influenza are children, senior citizens and those with pre-existing conditions affecting the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, said Penny Hill, infection control manager at the medical center. In addition, she recommends those suffering from kidney disease, liver disease or diabetes get vaccinated.

This year's clinic series will offer a drive-through option at 9 a.m. Oct. 27 at the American Home Plaza, 1001 W. Broadway.

The option will provide quick vaccines. The vaccines will be administered by nurses standing-by as cars arrive.

Those interested in the vaccination drive-through option should wear a short-sleeve shirt and be ready for their vaccine so the process moves efficiently.

All flu clinic vaccines will be provided to adults 18 and older on a first-come, first-served basis until clinic supplies run out. No appointment is necessary.

For information on clinic location and opening times, call San Juan Regional Medical Center at 505-609-2000.