For more than 10 years, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has partnered with Knox County elementary and middle schools, private schools, and child care facilities to offer influenza vaccinations in the school setting to eligible children.
Influenza usually enters a community through children, and children are known to be the major transmitter of flu to others. A convenient way for parents to get their children vaccinated, this collaborative effort creates a healthier community and helps keep our children in school and schools open.
The 2016 in-school flu vaccination program is now complete. If your child has not had a flu vaccine, you may have your child vaccinated at any KCHD location (see the sidebar on the right for directions). Please call 865-215-5070 to schedule an appointment.
Change to Flu Shot
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of medical and public health experts regarding the use of vaccines who advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), made a recommendation NOT to use the nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist) for the 2016/2017 flu season due to a decline in the FluMist’s effectiveness over time. Therefore, FluMist has not been available at our clinics or at doctor’s offices or pharmacies this year.
It is important to remember this is only a recommendation for the nasal spray vaccine. The injectable flu vaccine (flu shot) continues to demonstrate effectiveness in preventing flu.
Please visit this webpage in the summer of 2017 for a link to the online consent form or for a downloadable version of the form.
No child is ever vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form. Parents/guardians may complete the form online, which is a time-saver for parents/guardians and will enable KCHD staff to more efficiently manage this complex program. Your participation in the online process is greatly appreciated.
Paper consent forms will be available at the schools or on this webpage in the summer.
Vaccination Clinic Schedule
Phase one typically starts in September or October. Phase Two is usually in November or December.
For More Information
If you have questions about influenza vaccination, we encourage you to visit our flu FAQ page here, ask your school nurse, call your doctor’s office, or go to www.cdc.gov. If you have questions about our in-school flu vaccination program, 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. 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.