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. 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.
No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form. Parents may complete the form online by clicking here. This feature should be a time-saver for parents and will enable our 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.
Phase One started in October and is now complete. Phase Two is scheduled to start November 15. A detailed schedule is available below.
Note: 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 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 (Phase 2)
We will offer flu vaccinations in some elementary schools, as well as at select child care facilities.
Change to Flu Shot
Just like last year, only the injectable vaccine or flu shot will be offered. In 2016, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of medical and public health experts who advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the use of vaccines, made a recommendation NOT to use the nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist) last flu season due to a decline in its effectiveness over time. Therefore, FluMist will not be available.
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.
For more information
- Read the FAQs for our In-school Flu Vaccination Program here. (Preguntas frecuentes - Española)
- Read the Influenza (flu) Vaccine Information Statement here (Declaracion de informacion de vacuna - Española)
- Have more general questions about the flu vaccine? Click here.
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. Please call 865-215-5070 to make an appointment. See the sidebar on the right for directions to our locations.