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KCHD to get final flu drugs


Knox County Health Department announced that it expects its final shipment of influenza vaccine this week.

“Our pharmacists have been calling every distributor in the country, and there’s no vaccine left at any price for us to buy,” said Mark Jones, director of KCHD. Jones added that the Vaccine for Children Program has been able to add to that final shipment of vaccine several hundred doses that can be used for children age four through 18-years-old.


Because of the limited supply that will be available, public health officials will follow this week’s health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and prioritize the remaining vaccine to the following:

• Children 4 through 16-years-old.

• Adults 50 and older

• Women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy

• Adults who have a medical history of a disease causing immune suppression, as documented by their physician.

Healthy adults between the ages of 19 and 49 will be offered “FluMist,” a nasal spray preparation of the vaccine that is new on the market this year. Jones estimates the charge for “FluMist” will be approximately $46, which will be the cost of the nasal spray to the health department.

“Unfortunately, all of our vaccine that is licensed for children six-months to 23-months is simply gone,” said Dr. Stephanie Hall, KCHD public health officer.

KCHD is located at 140 Dameron Ave., telephone 215-5070.

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