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.
Please visit this Web page in the summer for a link to the 2014 online consent form or for a downloadable paper version of the form.
No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form. Parents/guardians may complete the form online, which is a time-saver for parents/guardians and will enable KCHD staff to more efficiently manage this complex program. Your participation in the online process is greatly appreciated.
Paper consent forms will be available at the schools or on this Web page in the summer.
Vaccination Clinic Dates
Phase one typically starts in September and runs through October. Phase Two is usually in December. Please check back for the 2014 clinic schedule.
Vaccination Clinic Schedule
Please check back to find out when the 2014 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 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!