The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is again partnering with Knox County elementary and middle schools, private schools, Head Starts, and child care facilities to offer influenza vaccinations or FluMist to eligible children in the school setting. Influenza usually enters a community through children, and children are known to be the major transmitter of flu to other persons. This collaborative effort creates a healthier community and helps keep our children in school and schools open.
In an effort to sustain the program and remove barriers to vaccination for all kids, KCHD is billing insurance for the vaccination. If parents/guardians have insurance, they should complete the insurance information on the consent form. We will not send a bill to parents/guardians or charge a co-pay; we will only bill the insurance company.
No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form. You may complete the form online by clicking here. This feature should be a time-saver for parents and will enable health department staff to more efficiently manage this complex program. Your participation in the online process is greatly appreciated.
- Paper consent forms are available from the schools or by clicking here.
- KCHD el formulario de consentimiento para el estudiante.
Vaccination Clinic Dates
Phase One: Friday, September 25 – Monday, October 26, 2015
Phase Two: Tuesday, November 10 – Friday, November 20, 2015
Phase Two Note: Children 8 years old or younger who have not had at least two influenza vaccinations since July 2010 are considered vaccine naïve and should have two (2) doses separated by at least 28 days. Second doses to applicable students will be administered during phase two. If a child misses his or her school’s clinic date, parents/guardians may take them to any health department location for an influenza vaccine. Please see the sidebar on the right for contact information and directions to our locations.
Vaccination Clinic Schedule
For more information
If you have questions about influenza vaccination, we encourage you to ask your school nurse, call your doctor’s office, or go to www.cdc.gov . If you have questions about the vaccination clinics, please click here to email us.
Flu vaccination is recommended for anyone over 6 months of age, but it’s particularly important for those in high risk groups, such as pregnant women, adults over 65, young children and those with chronic conditions. Remember, getting a flu vaccine helps protect not only yourself, but also those around you because it decreases the risk of you spreading the illness to them. Flu vaccinations are available at all KCHD locations. Please call 865-215-5070 to make an appointment. See the sidebar on the right for directions to our locations.
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Porcine Notice: The FluMist (intranasal) vaccine contains a small amount of porcine (pork) gelatin, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and medically-safe ingredient used in some vaccines. This ingredient may be of concern to some parents or guardians for religious reasons or because of dietary restrictions (i.e., vegetarians). We want parents and guardians to be aware of this component to be able to make an informed decision regarding their child’s health care.
Please note that the flu shot does not contain any porcine products and can be given to your child instead of the FluMist if you choose. To make arrangements for this, please note "Porcine Exemption" in the “Parent Notes” section of the consent form. If you’ve already completed your consent form, please email us by clicking here. No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form, which can be obtained from your school or by clicking here.
The Knox County Health Department understands that porcine gelatin has been certified as "acceptable" by many multi-faith groups.
Here are some resources for further review if this ingredient is of concern to you: