Each fall the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) partners with Knox County Schools, private schools, and child care facilities to offer flu vaccinations in the school setting to eligible children. This convenient program creates a way for parents to get their child vaccinated without having to take time off work or their child out of school. Since influenza usually enters a community through children, and children are known to be the major transmitter of flu to other persons, this collaborative effort helps foster a healthier community and helps keep our children in school.
To sustain the program and remove barriers to vaccination for all kids, KCHD bills insurance for the vaccination. If parents/guardians have insurance, they should complete the insurance information on the consent form (see below). We will not send a bill to parents/guardians or charge a co-pay; we will only bill the insurance company.
Change to FluMist (nasal spray vaccine)
This year we will once again offer the FluMist nasal spray vaccine in our school clinics. The manufacturer of FluMist has reformulated the vaccine and it is approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for use during the 2018 - 2019 flu season. More information is available by clicking here.
No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form.You may complete the form online or by downloading the paper form below.
- Click here to complete the form online
- Paper consent forms are available from the schools or by clicking here.
- KCHD el formulario de consentimiento para el estudiante.
Phase one starts in October.
- Click here to see the in-school flu clinic by school
- Click here to see the in-school flu clinic by date
The schedule for phase two will be released in late October or early November.
Note: Per the CDC, children under the age of 9 who have not had at least two flu vaccinations in their lifetimes should have two (2) doses separated by at least 28 days to be fully protected. Second doses are administered to these students during phase two.
If a child misses their school’s flu clinic, parents/guardians may get their child vaccinated at any of our three locations:
- Main clinic, 140 Dameron Ave., 865-215-5070
- Teague Clinic in North Knox County, 405 Dante Road, 865-215-5500
- West Clinic, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff Road, 865-215-5950
To reduce wait time, please call ahead to schedule an appointment.
To get your child’s flu vaccination record for yourself or your pediatrician’s office, click here to download the medical records request form or call 865-215-5024.
Para obtener el certificado de vacunación de su hijo contra la influenza (Flu), para usted o para su pediatra, presione aquíy descargue el formulario para solicitar registros médicos o llame al 865-215-5024.
For more information
- Read the FAQs for our In-school Flu Vaccination Program here. (Preguntas frecuentes - Española)
- Have more general questions about the flu vaccine? Click here.
- Read the Influenza (flu) Vaccine Information Statement here (Declaracion de informacion de vacuna - Española)
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 others.
Flu vaccinations are available at all KCHD locations: main clinic, 140 Dameron Ave.; Teague Clinic in North Knox County, 405 Dante Road; West Clinic, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff Road. Please call 865-215-5070 to make an appointment.
Porcine Notice: The FluMist 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. If you would rather your child have a flu shot, you may bring them to any of our three locations.
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: