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 a Certificate in Travel Health awarded by the International Society of Travel Medicine.
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
· Those traveling for pleasure
Our Travel Clinic offers the following vaccines for routine and travel indications:
· Hepatitis A (as well as the combined Hep A & Hep B vaccine “Twinrix”)
· Hepatitis B
· Tetanus-diphtheria (Td)
· Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap contains the “Whooping Cough” vaccine)
· 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 cost)
· 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 with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World 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 of Tennessee 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 request.
Prepare for your visit:
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. Please call and ask to speak to a nurse if you are unsure.
Please plan to be in our clinic 1 to 1.5 hours to complete your visit.
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 with you.
Below you will find links to some of the forms you will need to complete prior to seeing a nurse at your first visit. The nurse who calls you prior to your fist visit can tell you which ones apply to you. These forms can be downloaded, printed and completed by you before coming to our clinic to save time if you wish or you may come early to complete them in our clinic. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for registration procedure time for that first visit and at least 20 minutes early if you decide to complete all the paperwork after you arrive.
Patient Registration Information Form (English)
Patient Registration Information Form (Spanish)
Permission for Services (English)
Permission for Services (Spanish)
Patient Financial Responsibility (English/Spanish)
Parental Consent Form (for 16 & 17 year olds)
Pre-Travel Health Screen
The nurse you see may ask additional questions to make sure that your health is good enough to receive any vaccines recommended or required for your specific travel itinerary.
Please bring the following with you:
· Photo identification
· Insurance cards
· Trip itinerary if you have one
· Vaccine records (if you have any) and ICVP “Yellow Card”, if you have one
· 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 parking.
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.
Before you leave:
If you receive any injectable vaccine, you will be asked to remain in the clinic for 20 minutes so you can be observed for any possible reaction. 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.
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 the 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.
Remember to get a copy of your vaccine record before you leave.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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.
If I need several vaccines for my travel, can they all be given at the same visit?
Yes, they are frequently given together, however, if you prefer and have enough time before you travel to develop sufficient antibodies, they may be spaced out – you can discuss this with the nurse.
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 may call the Hamilton County Department of Student Records Office at 423-209-5473 to request a search. Military service generally implies vaccines, so you might try www.milvax.gov or your local VA clinic to see if records can be located. 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 shots?
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 helpful.
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.
What if I am traveling in the next few days – should I even bother with getting vaccines?
The best thing to do is to call the clinic and speak to a Travel Nurse to help you decide whether your trip is of a duration and to a destination that indicates the need for vaccines and whether we have availability to see you. If we cannot make you an appointment, but you need vaccines, we will try to refer you to someone else.
Directions: 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 can 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.