Flu vaccination clinics scheduled in Knox County Schools

Flu vaccination clinics scheduled in Knox County Schools


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The eighth year of Knox County's in school flu vaccination program begins on Monday, Sept. 17.

The online consent site and paper forms are now available for parents to enroll their children.

Parents who want their child vaccinated at school can go to https://knox.zippslip.com/. It takes a few minutes and offers the ability to receive scheduled updates and confirmations privately throughout the vaccination campaign.

The site also provides notes and data for in-school clinic staff who will use tablet computers to securely access the consent information.

More information on the vaccination program

This year, parents can even enroll their child from their phone when they drop them off at school thanks to information listed on signs about the program.

Paper consent forms are available from the schools and online.

Officials say no child will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form.

This year's school-located vaccination clinics will run between Sept. 17 and Oct. 12, offering FluMist intranasal vaccine. The Knox County Health Department has posted a detailed schedule online.

Children who miss their school clinics may visit any health department location for a free flu vaccine.

Due to decreased federal and state funding to buy vaccine, the health department will bill insurance for children who have insurance. Parents are asked to provide their insurance information on the consent forms.

The health department will accept assignment and no costs will be passed on to parents.

To help cover vaccine cost for children without insurance, a new donation feature is available. Parents can donate during the consent process. The general public can also donate online. 

The Metropolitan Drug Commission is partnering with the health department to make the donations possible. Those are tax deductible. All funds go directly to an account specified to purchase vaccine.

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