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Knox County Health Department’s FluMist Vaccination Clinics to Start Sept. 15

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will kick off this year’s in-school influenza vaccination (FluMist) program Monday, Sept. 15.  Vaccination clinics are scheduled in Knox County elementary and middle schools as well as some Head Starts, private schools and child care centers.  Click here for a schedule.
 
For the tenth consecutive year, Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will be offering influenza vaccinations through school-located vaccination clinics to ALL children ages 6 months through 18 years of age, living in Knox County.  Each year, more than 47 percent of the eligible children in Knox County receive influenza vaccine through this program, which has created a healthier community and helped keep children in school.
 
Striving to simplify the delivery of this important program, KCHD again offers parents the ability to complete and digitally sign the consent form entirely online. Parents should visit https://knoxcounty.org/health/flumist for more information. Parents also can complete the paper consent form available at their child’s school.  As always, KCHD will not vaccinate any child without a completed consent.
 
Phase 1 clinics will be conducted September 15-October 9, and Phase 2 clinics will be conducted November 6-14.  Parents can check http://knoxcounty.org/health/ for the dates of the vaccination clinics.  If a child misses his or her school’s clinic date, parents may take him or her to any health department location for a free influenza vaccine.
 
This year, children under the age of nine who have not received at least two doses of flu vaccine since July 2010 will need two doses of influenza vaccine separated by at least one month. 
 
If you have questions about influenza vaccination, KCHD encourages you to ask your school nurse, call your doctor’s office, or go to www.cdc.gov or http://knoxcounty.org/health/flumist.
 
In an effort to sustain the program and remove barriers to vaccination for all students, KCHD utilizes multiple funding methods.  One method is to bill parent/guardian insurance for the vaccination, and another method is through donations by local organizations and individuals.  KCHD has partnered with the Metropolitan Drug Commission, a 501c3 organization, to accept charitable donations for the vaccination program.  The donations are tax deductible.  On the electronic consent form, there is an opportunity for community members to donate money to cover the costs for children who do not have insurance.  More information is available at http://knoxcounty.org/health
 
About Knox County Health Department:
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is a governmental agency dedicated to making every person a healthy person.KCHD conducts disease surveillance, prevention and control; emergency preparedness; nutrition and physical activity promotion; tobacco use prevention and control; health equity promotion; adult and child immunizations; and much more.KCHD’s mission is to encourage, promote and assure the development of an active, healthy community through innovative public health practices. For more information, visit www.knoxcounty.org/health.