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Travel Immunizations - Clinical Services

Immunizations/International Travel Clinic

921 East Third St.

Chattanooga, TN 37403

(423) 209-8340

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Immunizations/International Travel Clinic offers comprehensive travel health consultation services in addition to the full range of routine and travel vaccines. The clinic’s travel nurse is an RN and the clinic manager is an RN with a Certificate in Travel Health awarded by the International Society of Travel Medicine.

 

As the oldest and most experienced State designated Yellow Fever Center in East Tennessee, the clinic serves travelers in Chattanooga and southeastern Tennessee, as well as north Georgia, northeastern Alabama and western North Carolina. Appointments are required, however we can sometimes accomodate walk-ins.
We serve a variety of clients that include:

  • College bound students of all ages who need MMR, Varicella, and other necessary vaccines
  • Persons who have sustained an injury and may need tetanus vaccine
  • Persons who must be vaccinated for employment
  • Persons wanting personal health protection
  • People who will undergo or have undergone certain surgical procedures and need immunizations ordered by their physician

The clinic provides specific information about each country you plan to visit including:

  • Insect concerns (including Malaria, Dengue Fever, Leishmaniasis and others) and personal insect protection
  • Food and water precautions
  • Rabies risk
  • Current travel advisories posted by the U.S., UK, Canadian and Australian consulates
  • U.S. Embassy address, phone number and website information
We provide a printed report with information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of State, http://travel.state.gov/.

Our nurses review all pertinent facts about the recommended and required vaccines and answer any questions you may have. We explain the risks and benefits of each so that you can make an informed decision. We provide an International Certificate of Vaccine and Prophylaxis 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.

 
You can call us if you need to determine whether your destination merits a visit to our clinic. Travelers do not always require a vaccine or specialized counseling to safely visit another country. Canada, Western Europe (including the UK and Scandinavia), Australia and New Zealand are generally considered low risk travel destinations. Travel to these areas might only warrant an updated tetanus vaccine. You can find out more information about the country you plan to visit here, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm.


The CDC recommends you receive vaccines 4-6 weeks prior to travel. This allows your body to develop antibodies to a protective level so you have adequate immunity by the time you arrive at your destination. However, in most cases receiving vaccines even a few days before your trip is still beneficial.

 

Please note: Yellow Fever Vaccine must be given a minimum of 10 days prior to arrival in a country where it is required to be considered valid.


Prepare for your visit:
You should be feel well before coming in for your appointment, if not, please call and reschedule. Minor illnesses such as a cold are not a problem, but something serious could mean we would not be able to give you any vaccinations. Below are links to forms you can complete ahead of time and bring with you.

Patient Registration Information Form

Permission for Services (Spanish)

Pre-Travel Health Screen

Parental Consent Form

We may ask some additional questions in the initial portion of your visit.
Please bring the following with you:

  • Photo identification
  • Vaccine records (if you have them)
  • Specific trip destination information (if traveling)
  • Any of our FORMS that you downloaded, printed and completed
  • Method of payment
  • If you park in our parking garage, bring your ticket in to the clinic for validation for free parking

Cell phones: We have little to no cell service in our clinic and would appreciate cell phones being turned off while here.

 

You should plan to spend at least one hour at the clinic. Your visit will consist of registration, time with the nurse for travel health consultation and/or vaccine education and vaccine administration and check out procedures. Also, we ask that everyone remain in the clinic for 20 minutes after any injectable vaccines are given so you can be observed for any possible reactions. Reactions of concern are extremely uncommon. Most people feel fine when ready to leave our clinic, however, feel free to bring someone with you. If they are not traveling with you, they can wait for you in the waiting room.

 

If you have 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 cannot leave them at home.

We request full payment at the end of the visit for those services received. We accept cash, Mastercard, Visa and Discover credit/debit cards.
 
If you begin a series of shots such as Hepatitis A (2 shots) or hepatitis B (3 shots), you will be charged for what you get in each visit – not all up front. Business clients are welcome to call us regarding other arrangements when multiple employees may need to be seen for immunizations for travel or any other reason, particularly on a recurring basis.

We are unable to accept private insurance but will provide documentation for you to send to your insurance company upon request.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to drive myself home or must I bring someone with me to the clinic?

You should be fine to drive, but may bring a friend or relative 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 vaccines at least 6 months apart. You should never need another.

 

Will you give me an immunization card to carry with me?

Yes, we are happy to provide you with a green immunization card and, if you receive Yellow Fever vaccine, we will issue you a yellow International Certificate of Vaccination.

 

Can you combine all the shots I need into one big shot?

Unfortunately, it is not acceptable practice to do this and no one knows how the vaccines might interact when mixed together.

 

Should I expect to feel sick for a couple of days after receiving multiple vaccines?

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 help.

 

What do the vaccines cost?

The prices vary. 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 that other providers.

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 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.


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