The International Travel Clinic at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County
Health Department offers comprehensive Travel Health Consultation
services in addition to a full range of routine and travel immunizations.
The clinic’s Travel Nurse is an RN with experience in Travel Medicine
and the clinic manager is an RN with extensive experience in vaccinations.
As the longest standing and most experienced State designated
Yellow Fever Vaccine Center in southeastern Tennessee, we serve
clients in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and other
areas. We recommend that you contact us at least 4-6 weeks before
you travel to begin your health related preparation for travel.
Appointments are required; however, we may be able to accommodate
walk-ins on rare occasions.
Please Note: If you are pregnant, nursing a baby, or
have any serious or significant acute or chronic health issues,
please talk to your doctor about your travel plans and call us,
if possible, prior to making non-refundable payments for travel
arrangements. Yellow Fever vaccine cannot be given safely in certain
circumstances, such as immune suppressing conditions or medications,
recent cancer treatments, severe egg allergies, etc., and, if this
vaccine is indicated or required, travel to those areas would not
be recommended. Please feel free to call and ask to speak to a travel
nurse if you are unsure.
We serve a variety of clients including:
- Individuals and groups traveling on mission trips
- Persons traveling for education purposes
- Individuals and families moving to other countries (expats)
- Business travelers
- Persons traveling for pleasure
Our Travel Clinic offers the following vaccines for routine and
- Hepatitis A (as well as the combined Hep A & Hep B vaccine
- Hepatitis B
- Tetanus-diphtheria (Td)
- Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap contains the “Whooping
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Meningococcal (Meningitis)
- Hib (Haemophilus Influenza Type B)
- HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
- Influenza (Flu) – available seasonally
- Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)
- Zostavax (Shingles)
- Typhoid vaccine– oral and injectable
- Japanese Encephalitis (must be ordered when needed due to
- Yellow Fever vaccine
Our Travel nurses will provide specific information about each
country you plan to visit, including:
- Insect concerns – including mosquitoes which may carry Malaria,
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Fever or Japanese Encephalitis; ticks
which may carry Tick-borne Encephalitis, Lyme disease or Typhus;
blackflies, sandflies, tse-tse flies and others
- Other health issues, such as Tuberculosis prevalence and
the presence of water borne parasites
- Food and water precautions
- Rabies risk and treatment
- Current travel advisories
- U.S. Embassy contact information and more
We will provide a printed report which contains information from
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the
Health Organization (WHO) and the
U.S. Dept. of State.
Our nurses will review all pertinent facts about the recommended
and required vaccines and answer any questions you may have. We
will explain the risks and benefits of each so that you can make
an informed decision. We will provide an International Certificate
of Vaccination and Prophylaxis (ICVP “Yellow Card”) for everyone
who receives Yellow Fever Vaccine – this is the official documentation
for Yellow Fever Vaccine that must be shown to enter countries that
require it. With current concerns about POLIO in some countries,
we will provide the ICVP if polio vaccine is indicated and administered
for your specific trip itinerary.
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.
Vaccines in the US 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 effectiveness.
We will answer any and all questions you may have prior to giving
vaccinations. We accept TennCare, Medicare and some Blue Cross/Blue
Shield plans in this clinic – please ask about coverage when you
call. Some insurance plans do not cover vaccines related to travel.
We do not post prices on this website, but they are available upon