Knox County Tennessee

Child Vaccinations

Immunizations are vital in protecting our children from many potentially serious diseases. Nationally, mandatory childhood immunizations programs have resulted in the elimination or reduction of many diseases including measles, chickenpox, HIB meningitis and polio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that immunizations prevent between 2 to 3 million deaths every year.

We provide immunizations for children based on the National Immunization Schedule recommended by the CDC. Click below to view a list of the recommended immunizations for:

There is a $15.00 administration fee, which may be covered by your insurance. We accept credit cards, cash and check. Click here for more payment information.

Tennessee State law requires parental or legal guardian consent prior to administering vaccines to minors. A parent or legal guardian should be present for any vaccine appointment. If the parent or legal guardian is unable to be present for the appointment, please call the clinic for instructions.

Back-To-School Vaccinations

Children entering preschool, kindergarten or seventh grade and those enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time should receive the immunizations listed below. Parents must also provide their child’s school with a state immunization certificate, which documents the vaccinations, before the first day of school.

Are You Ready for School

Need a vaccine?

To have your child vaccinated at the health department, please call 865-215-5070 to schedule an appointment.

  • Please bring your (parent/guardian’s) photo ID, insurance card and your child’s vaccination record.
  • For questions about legal guardianship, please call 865-215-5070.
  • Most insurance plans cover preventive services such as vaccines, but parents are encouraged to confirm this with their insurance provider prior to the appointment.
  • Vaccines are available to children who do not have insurance at no cost. There is a minimal fee for administration.

Appointments are available at each KCHD location:

  • Main Offices and the Travel and Immunization Clinic, 140 Dameron Avenue, 865-215-5070
  • West Clinic, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, 865-215-5950

More Information

For more information about Knox County Schools’ immunization policy, please call 865-594-3735 or visit the Health Services page on the Knox County Schools website at

To see if your child has the required immunizations, contact the medical office or clinic where your child receives vaccinations. You may also contact the Knox County Health Department at 865-215-5150 or

Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a national program that provides federally-funded vaccine for children 18 years of age and younger 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. Please ask our staff for more information.

Have Questions?
Call: 865-215-5555

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.