KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will begin Phase II of the in-school FluMist influenza vaccine program on Tues., Dec. 2. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a second flu vaccine for vaccine naïve children, which are those under the age of nine years who are being vaccinated with flu vaccine for the first time this year or who were vaccinated with influenza vaccine for the first time last year but only received one dose of flu vaccine last year. KCHD officials estimate approximately 1800 students are vaccine naïve and will need a second FluMist dose.
Phase II clinics will be held at daycares, Head Start programs and elementary schools (grades K-5) through Dec. 12. The school schedule is included here for convenience and is also available on the Web at http://www.knoxcounty.org/health/flumist_vaccination/pdfs/clinic_schedules.pdf.
Additional consent forms from parents are not needed for students who received their flu vaccination this year at school and need a second dose of vaccine. Any student who did not get vaccinated at school during Phase I and has not properly completed a consent form, will need to turn in a completed and signed parental consent form to their school prior to the date of the scheduled school clinic. Consent forms are available at your school or on-line at http://www.knoxcounty.org/health/flumist_vaccination/pdfs/consent_packet.pdf.
Students who miss opportunities at school clinics may visit any Knox County Health Department location for a free influenza vaccination – either FluMist or flu shot. (This includes vaccine naïve children who need a second dose. )
To date, KCHD staff has administered more than 27,000 FluMist vaccinations at school clinics in 2008. The preliminary estimate of the overall school vaccination rate is 42 percent.
(This information was submitted by the Knox County Heath Department.)