Each year the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) partners with Knox County elementary and middle schools, private schools, Head Starts, and child care facilities to offer influenza vaccinations or FluMist in the school setting to eligible children ages 6 months to 19 years of age. Influenza usually enters a community through children, and children are known to be the major transmitter of flu to other persons. This collaborative effort creates a healthier community and helps keep our children in school and schools open.
In an effort to sustain the program and remove barriers to vaccination for all kids, KCHD utilizes multiple funding methods. One method is to bill insurance for the vaccination. If parents/guardians have insurance, they can complete the insurance information on the consent form. We will not send a bill to parents/guardians; we will only bill the insurance company. Another method is through donations by local organizations and individuals. We have partnered with the Metropolitan Drug Commission , a 501c3, to accept charitable donations for the vaccination program. The donations are tax deductible. On the electronic consent form, there is an opportunity for participants to donate money to cover the costs for children who do not have insurance.
No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form. You may complete the form online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KCHDInfluenzaConsent2014. This feature should be a time-saver for parents and will enable health department 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.
Vaccination Clinic Dates
Phase One: Monday, September 15 – Friday, October 10, 2014
Phase Two: Thursday, November 6 – Friday, November 14, 2014
Vaccination Clinic Schedule
Click here to find out when the vaccination clinic comes to your school.
NOTE: Children 8 years old or younger who have not had at least two influenza vaccinations since July 2010 are considered vaccine naïve and require two (2) doses separated by at least one month. Second doses to applicable students will be administered during phase two, which typically takes place 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. Please see the sidebar on the right for contact information and directions to our locations.
For more information
If you have questions about influenza vaccination, we encourage you to ask your school nurse, call your doctor’s office, or go to www.cdc.gov . If you have questions about the vaccination clinics, please click here to email us .
The Knox County Health Department strongly advocates influenza vaccinations to prevent the spread of disease. Your input on KCHD’s programs is important to us. Please click here to take our survey. Thank you!