KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County Health Department has pushed back its in-school FluMist vaccinations on week.
Officials made the announcement Thursday afternoon, citing an "unforeseen delay" in getting their latest shipment of the vaccine and an increase in the demand for it.
The delay affects schools who were scheduled to receive the vaccine between September 28th and October 2nd.
"We will be able to complete the FluMist clinics scheduled for this current week, which equals about 18,000 vaccinations given in the past two weeks to protect many Knox County children from seasonal influenza," said Mark Jones, KCHD director in a media release. "According to information we've received, more people are getting the flu vaccine here in Knox County and across the nation and they're getting it earlier. So, demand is temporarily exceeding supply. This flu season is unprecedented in many ways, so we adjust our plans as information becomes available."
Knox County began its FluMist program in 2004. Since then, county public health professionals have vaccinated around 28,000 students each year.
According to the health department, there's been a 20 percent increase of students seeking the vaccine this year. Experts attribute the number to worries over the H1N1 strain of the flu.