KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Every fall the Knox County Health Department partners with Knox County Schools, private schools and child care facilities to offer flu vaccinations in schools to eligible children.
This year a few changes have been made on the flu shot.
According to the Knox County website, the main difference this year is that only the injectable vaccine or flu shot will be offered. Recently, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 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 this flu season due to a decline in its effectiveness over time. Therefore, FluMist will not be available at our clinics or at doctor’s offices or pharmacies this year.
No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form.
If you would like to fill out a consent form, click here.
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.
The program dates for the flu vaccine will begin with phase one towards the end of the month. Phase Two is usually in November or December.
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.
For a list of dates, times and locations, click here.
Flu vaccinations are available at all KCHD locations, call 865-215-5070 to make an appointment.