The Travel and Immunization Clinic will offer extended hours from July 27 to August 7 to better accommodate parents seeking back-to-school vaccinations for their children. During this time, our hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call 865-215-5070 to schedule an appointment.
Routine Vaccinations for Children
Childhood immunizations are vital in protecting our children from many childhood diseases. Nationally, mandatory childhood immunizations programs have resulted in the elimination or reduction of many childhood diseases including measles, chickenpox, HIB meningitis, polio, etc. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that immunizations save the lives of more than three million children per year.
Knox County Health Department follows the recommendations set forth by the National Immunizations Schedule. Tennessee State Law requires that children receive the vaccines outlined in the schedule prior to entering school or childcare.
Consequently, the Knox County Health Department provides immunization services for children in Knox County, who receive vaccinations as outlined in the National Immunizations Schedule. There is a $15.00 administration fee, which may be covered by your insurance. KCHD accepts credit cards, cash and check. Click here for a list of the forms of insurance we currently accept..
For more information about back-to-school vaccinations and scheduling an appointment at the Knox County Health Department, pleaseclick here.
Documentation Changes for Vaccines for Children Program
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federal program that provides federally-funded vaccine for children up to 19 years of age who:
- Are enrolled in TennCare,
- Have no health insurance,
- Are underinsured, or
- Are American Indian or Alaskan Native.
Federal VFC law requires that proper documentation of patient eligibility for VFC vaccine be provided at every immunization visit. This means that insurance status and vaccine coverage must be confirmed at each immunization visit for all children under 19 years of age.
Due to this requirement, every immunization patient under 19 must provide insurance information and must know whether or not his or her insurance covers the requested immunization. Without the needed information, the patient will be asked to come back to receive immunization services when he or she has the necessary information.
Some clinical services require a fee which may be based on income, diagnosis and/or eligibility. Payment is due at the time of service. KCHD may bill insurers based on coverage. Proof of income and insurance may be required. No one will be denied service because they cannot pay. Ask clinic staff for more information.
Click here for a list of insurance plans currently accepted.