Vaccines are one way to protect your health at home, work, leisure
activities and school. We serve a variety of clients, with and without
The Adult Immunization Clinic in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County
Health Department can be your resource for immunizations for adults.
We carry all vaccines available to the public in the United States.
A published schedule of Routine Vaccine Recommendations can be found
You can read about all of these vaccines online at
Most have translations available in other languages. We have in-house
interpreters for persons who speak Spanish and access to
a service that can provide interpreting services over the telephone
for more than 170 other languages.
Our clinic offers the following vaccines for routine and, sometimes,
Vaccines in the U.S. are safe, effective and generally have few
side effects. Most people tolerate vaccines well. Some vaccines
may be a series of two or three and give lifelong protection and
some may need to be repeated periodically throughout your lifetime
to maintain their protective effectiveness. A nurse will cover vaccine
information in detail with you, including purpose, possible side
effects and recommended schedule. We will answer any and all questions
you may have prior to giving vaccinations.
We accept TennCare, Medicare and
some Blue Cross/Blue
Shield of Tennessee plans – please ask about coverage when
you call. Vaccines can vary greatly in cost and we do not post prices
on this website, but they are available upon request. If you are
uninsured, please call about pricing and availability of specific
vaccines we may be able to offer you.
You should feel well when you come in for your appointment. If
you do not, please call and reschedule. Minor illnesses, such as
a cold are not a problem, but if you are running a fever, it could
be something more serious and we might not be able to give you any
vaccines until you are feeling better. You can call and speak to
a nurse if you are unsure. Below you will find links to some of
the forms you will need to complete prior to seeing a nurse. These
forms can be downloaded, printed and completed by you before coming
to our clinic to save time if you wish or you can come to the clinic
about 10 minutes before your appointment to complete them here.
The nurse you see will ask additional questions to make sure
that you are feeling well and healthy enough today to receive vaccines.
Please bring the following with you:; Photo identification; Insurance
cards; Vaccine records (if you have any); Any of the forms above
that you have printed and completed; Method of payment; If you park
in our parking garage, bring your ticket for validation for free
Cell Phones: We request that you have your cell phone
off or muted in our clinic. The use of a cell phone in a medical
office may represent a violation of privacy. Additionally, we have
little to no cell service in our clinic.
Please bring the following with you:
We have in-house interpreters for persons who speak Spanish and
access to Language Line, a service that can provide interpreting
services over the telephone for more than 170 other languages. Both of these services are provided at no charge to the client. Please
let us know at the front desk what your preferred language is so
that we may accommodate you.
Immigration/Refugee immunization visits are by appointment only
and appointments are available Wednesday mornings. Paperwork is
sometimes finished the same day or can take up to a week to be completed.
There is a $20 charge for each set of paperwork completed and signed
by the Civil Surgeon. There may also be additional fees if immunizations are administered. Please call with any questions about potential charges. Payment is due at the time you pick up your
completed paperwork. Each person requesting paperwork must be present
to sign their own documents. Signing for others is not allowed.
You should plan on being in our clinic 30-45 minutes. This will
consist of the registration period out front, the time with the
nurse for vaccine education and administration and check out procedures.
Also, if you receive an injectable vaccine you will be asked to
remain in the clinic for 20 minutes so you can be observed for any
possible reaction. You are welcome to stay as long as you need to –
we want you to feel comfortable when you leave. Serious reactions
are extremely uncommon. The majority of our patients feel fine when
they leave our clinic, however, feel free to bring another adult
with you. This person may wait in the waiting room or provide moral
support in the exam room as you wish.
If you have small children who are not being seen for services
here, if possible, please do not bring them to the clinic. Children
cannot be left unattended in the waiting room. You will need to
bring another adult with you to watch them if you must bring them
We request full payment at the time of your visit for those services
received. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and
debit cards. We can take Health Savings Account (HSA’s) cards
as long as they have a Visa or MasterCard logo. If you begin a series
of shots, such as Hepatitis A (2 shots over 6 months) or Hepatitis
B (3 shots over 6 months), you will be charged only for what you
get in each visit – you cannot pay for entire series in the
first visit.Business clients are welcome to call us regarding other
arrangements for payment when multiple employees may need immunizations,
particularly on a recurring basis. If we are unable to accept your
insurance, please ask for forms we can provide to make filing for
reimbursement on your own a bit easier.
If my doctor gave me a vaccine yesterday, or even last
week, can I get another shot from you the today?
Most of time – yes. However, when you receive LIVE
virus vaccines, such as MMR, Varicella, Zostavax or Yellow Fever
vaccine, they must all be given the SAME DAY or they must
be given at least 28 days apart.
Will I be able to drive myself home or should I bring someone
with me to the clinic?
You should be fine to drive, but may certainly bring another
adult if you have any concerns.
I have already had both of my Hepatitis A vaccines, when
do I need a booster?
Currently, the recommendation is to get only 2 Hepatitis
A vaccines at least 6 months apart. You should never need another.
What if I have no records of vaccines?
We recommend trying your parents or family doctor. You
may also try your previous college or high school to see if they
still have any records. If you graduated from high school in Hamilton
County, you can call the Hamilton County Department of Student
Records Office at 423-209-5473 to request a search. Military
service generally includes vaccines, so you might try www.milvax.gov
or your local VA clinic to see if records can be located. If you
grew up in Georgia, our office can access the Immunization Registry
in Georgia (GRITS) to look for records at your request.If no records
can be found, vaccines can safely be repeated as necessary.
Should I expect to feel sick for a few days after receiving
Not necessarily, in fact, most people feel fine, even if
they have a bit of arm soreness. It is acceptable to take something
for soreness or fever – usually Tylenol or ibuprofen can be
What do vaccines cost?
The prices vary greatly. Please ask for specific costs
when calling the clinic. We are happy to provide you with as much
information about cost as we can. Generally, public health departments
are less expensive than other providers.
Will you sign off on my college papers?
We are happy to complete the vaccine portions for anything
we have given or have records for. If you receive vaccines somewhere
else that need to be documented on your forms, we can do that as
well, but we must have verifying paperwork – a receipt will
do as long as it includes your name, date and what vaccine you received.
From Downtown Chattanooga: Exit US 27 northbound or southbound
at Fourth St. Continue east on Fourth St. As the road curves after
crossing Georgia Ave., keep to the right and road becomes Third
St. After passing Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences (CSAS)
and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department (CHCHD) on
the left, turn left at the next traffic light onto Hampton St. (runs
between Health Dept. and Erlanger Medical Center). Look for parking
garage ahead on the left. Turn in where a blue awning covers the
entrance - across the street from the Adult Emergency Department
at Erlanger Medical Center.
Parking: You should park in the garage that
we share with Erlanger Medical Center. It is the closest parking
to the Health Department and it's free with validation. Take a ticket
from the machine and bring it with you to the clinic for validation.
Follow signs in the garage to “Health Department.” The
Immunizations/International Travel Clinic is located in the East
building on the first floor (Room 109) at the end of the hall to
the right of the “Birth & Death Certificates” office.