Adult Immunizations

Vaccines aren’t just for kids! There are Vaccines You Need as an Adult to protect against many serious diseases. Vaccines protect you and also keep you from spreading illness to others. Find out What Vaccines are Recommended for You based on a number of factors and conditions today!

Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide

This page on the Immunization Action Coalition website offers information about their new comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for vaccinating adults (available for download or purchase).

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has just announced the publication of its new book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide. This completely updated guide provides easy-to-use, practical information covering important "how to" activities to help you enhance your existing adult immunization services or introduce them into any clinical setting, including:

  1. Setting up for vaccination services
  2. Storing and handling vaccines
  3. Deciding which people should receive which vaccines
  4. Administering vaccines
  5. Documenting vaccinations (including legal issues)
  6. Understanding financial considerations and billing information

The guide is filled with hundreds of web addresses and references to help you stay up to date on the latest immunization information, both now and in the future.

Our Best Shot: The Importance of Vaccines for Older Adults

This short animated film gives an overview of how vaccines work, highlights the importance of vaccination, debunks common myths and misconceptions, addresses the need for vaccination later in life, encourages communication with health care professionals, and reminds older adults of their influential role in increasing the immunity of their families and social circles.



Where can I get a flu shot?

HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free, online service where users can search for locations that offer immunizations. We work with partners such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services. Our goal is to make it simple for users to find a place to be immunized.

Most drug store chains offer flu immunizations, as do most primary care physicians as well as local urgent care facilities.

The New Mexico Department of Health offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other health insurance should bring their insurance cards with them to the clinic.

For information on locations in your area visit our Public Health Offices page or use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder website.

Adult Vaccine Consent Forms

The Adult Vaccine Consent Form form may be used by patients aged 19 and older to provide vaccination consent to a healthcare provider.

This form is available in both English and Spanish.

Adult Vaccine Ordering

Public Health Offices and in some limited circumstances Federally Qualified Health Centers may use this Adult Vaccine Order Form to order adult vaccine for use within the Adult Vaccine Screening Criteria.

Healthcare providers may use this to order adult vaccines.

If you need to return your vaccines, please use the Adult Vaccine Return Form.

Human Papillomavirus Standing Orders

Please take a look at the Human Papillomavirus Standing Orders for Administering Adult Vaccine publication for information that can help reduce morbidity and mortality from the human papillomavirus (HPV) in adult patients. This criteria was established by the Center for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Recommendation for Healthcare Workers

Healthcare facilities in New Mexico should follow the ACIP/CDC Immunization of Healthcare Personnel recommendations for their staff. The Immunization Action Coalition provides a shorter reference of Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations as well.

Please see the Pneumococcal polysaccharide and Conjugate Vaccines for Adults Flyer to learn more about the information and recommendations for the use of the two pneumococcal vaccines in adults.