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KCHD Rescheduling In-School Influenza Vaccination Clinics as Vaccine Arrives

Knoxville, Tenn. — The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is beginning to reschedule some of its in-school influenza (FluMist) vaccination clinics as shipments of the intranasal vaccine arrive, scheduling clinics at daycares and schools with younger students first. Clinics originally scheduled between Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 26 were postponed due to a delayed shipment of vaccine.

 

“Although FluMist is starting to come in, we don’t know exactly how many doses of vaccine will be in each shipment until arrival. Once we tally the vaccine received, we’ll reach out to schools with corresponding numbers of students to reschedule clinics,” said KCHD Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Kelly Cooper. “We encourage parents to get their children vaccinated at their earliest convenience since we still do not have a projection for how much FluMist will arrive when.”

 

Injectable influenza vaccine is widely available in the community, including at pharmacies and private providers. Parents may also bring their child to any KCHD location for an injectable influenza vaccine. 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 in writing if they choose to have their child vaccinated elsewhere and have already submitted the in-school vaccination consent form.

 

Due to the rolling schedule, parents will be notified of their school’s clinic date by their school. If parents signed a consent form for their originally scheduled in-school clinic, they will not need to sign another consent form to have their child vaccinated at the rescheduled clinic.

 

FluMist is an intranasal 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 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 www.knoxcounty.org/health.