KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knox Co. Schools announced it will begin offering flu vaccinations in schools on Monday. Parents can begin registering their kids immediately either online or using paper forms.
“The online consent is a real time saver,” said John Lott, KCHD director of clinical services who oversees the school-located flu vaccination program.
Parents can register their kids at https://knox.zippslip.com. School officials said registration only takes a few minutes and parents can sign up to get scheduled updates and confirmations. It also provides notes and data fro in-school clinic staff who access the data via their tablet computers.
Paper consent forms also are available from the schools and online at knoxcounty.org/health. No child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form.
“This year we’ve added the QR codes to the in- school posters and other signage so parents can enroll their child from their phone when they drop them off at school,” added Lott.
Knox Co. Schools will offer the vaccination clinics, which uses the intranasal vaccine FluMist, from Sept. 17 through Oct. 12.
Due to decreased federal and state funding to buy vaccine, KCHD will be billing insurance for children who have insurance and parents are asked to provide their insurance information on the consent forms. KCHD will accept assignment and no costs will be passed on to the parents.