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KCHD Postpones In-School Influenza Vaccination Clinics Due to Delayed Shipment of Vaccine

Knoxville, Tenn. — The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is postponing in-school influenza (FluMist) vaccination clinics due to a delayed shipment of vaccine from the manufacturer. All clinics scheduled from Tuesday, Oct. 6 to Monday, Oct. 26, with the exception of Grace Christian Academy, will be postponed. The rescheduled dates will be made available as soon as possible. Grace Christian Academy, rescheduled from Sept. 25, will still occur on Tuesday, Oct. 6. An updated clinic schedule will be available at knoxcounty.org/flumist.

“Producing the intranasal vaccine this year is taking longer than expected, which is affecting supply across the country,” said KCHD Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Kelly Cooper. “We’re disappointed that we must postpone the clinics, and are only doing so after other means to secure the intranasal vaccine proved unsuccessful.”

Injectable vaccine is widely available in the community, including at pharmacies and private providers. Parents may bring their child to any KCHD location for an injectable influenza vaccine if they wish to have their child vaccinated before the in-school clinics are rescheduled. To reduce wait time, parents are encouraged to make an appointment at KCHD by calling 865-215-5070. Parents should notify their child’s school if they choose to have their child vaccinated elsewhere and have already filled out the in-school FluMist vaccination consent form.

FluMist is an intra-nasal influenza vaccine that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in children as young as 2. No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form. Parents or guardians may complete the consent form online at knoxcounty.org/health/flumist. Parents may also download paper consent forms and view an updated schedule of the vaccination clinics on this same Web page.

On average, KCHD has vaccinated approximately 45 percent of Knox County’s school-aged children each year. This program is a national model for community flu prevention. Evidence supports vaccinating children as a way to protect the entire community from influenza.

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 knoxcounty.org/health.