TThe Knox County Health Department Immunization Program maintains immunization surveillance for children in Knox County. This surveillance has been conducted for more than 30 years in an effort to maintain high levels of immunization against vaccine preventable disease. Through the combined use of birth records, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization survey of teens and the statewide Immunization Registry, the Immunization Program works to ensure that all children receive immunizations on schedule.
Entrance into child care facilities, kindergarten, or school, including colleges/universities, in Tennessee requires proof of immunizations. The Immunization Program works with the Department of Human Services to audit all of the licensed child care facilities in Knox County. In addition, the department provides access to the Tennessee Immunization Registry for area health care providers to make certain that children are adequately immunized. The Immunization Program provides guidance, education and support to local health care providers participating in the Vaccine For Children program.
Parents of children who will be entering day care or school for the first time may obtain Tennessee Immunization Certificates at any KCHD location . Call 215-5150 for more information. Certificates also may be available for pick up at the Main Health Department facility on Dameron Avenue.