FluMist clinics begin for Knox County students

FluMist clinics begin for Knox County students

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The Knox County Health Department is once again helping students ward off the dreaded flu, kicking off their in-school vaccination clinics. The Knox County Health Department is once again helping students ward off the dreaded flu, kicking off their in-school vaccination clinics.
Children age 2 and older are receiving the FluMist nasal vaccine. Children age 2 and older are receiving the FluMist nasal vaccine.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - When it comes to flu season, it's the same routine every year: you either get sick or get a flu shot to hopefully prevent it.

So as flu season nears, the Knox County Health Department is once again helping students ward off the dreaded flu, kicking off their in-school vaccination clinics.

The clinics began Monday, September 16 and run through October 11 at schools all across Knox County.

For children ages two and older, like the ones getting their vaccines Tuesday at The Goddard School in Farragut, they don't have to worry with the often-feared flu shot.

They're getting FluMist, the intra-nasal influenza vaccine.

Officials with the KCHD say while it's important for everyone to get a flu vaccine every year, it's especially important for children.

They are more susceptible to getting it and to spreading it.

"By going into the schools, we can protect not only the kids but help protect our community against influenza," said John Lott, director of clinical services for KCHD.

Each year, 45 percent of students in the Knox County take part in the clinics.

KCHD is going ahead and getting kids vaccinated now ahead of the start of flu season, which typically runs from October to March, because it takes about two weeks for the vaccines to take full effect.

Knox County parents like Robin Pate are thankful for the in-school clinics.

"I think it's great. I think it's convenient for the parents and I think anything to keep your kids healthy through the wintertime is a great thing," said Pate of Knoxville.

She's hoping the FluMist her 3-year-old daughter Sophie got today will protect her from the flu another year.

"There's nothing worse than seeing your child sick and week and there's nothing you can do really when they have the flu," said Pate.

This year, the FluMist clinics are being held not only in Knox County elementary and middle schools, but several private schools, Head Starts and child care centers as well.

KCHD will kick off another round of clinics in December.

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