Allergy Shots

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In order that we may service you in the safest and most effective way, the staff of the Student Health Services (SHS) requires that you comply with the following procedures:

  1. Specific, written orders for your injections i.e. frequency, strength and dosage, must be submitted to the SHS by your allergist and included as part of your medical file.   A nurse will follow your physician's instructions for administering allergy injections. If the instructions are unclear or if you are late for your injection, your physician will be contacted.
  2. All orders from the allergist must be re-evaluated or updated yearly.  If you experience problems with the injections and/or allergy symptoms, you must return to your allergist for re-evaluation.
  3. If you are beginning desensitization injections, the first injection must be done at your allergist's office.
  4. Please call a day or two in advance to schedule your appointments.  Injections will only be given when a doctor is present in the Student Health Service.
  5. You must report to the nurse any current illness or any prescription or non-prescription medications you are currently taking prior to receipt of an injection.
  6. You are required to wait 20-30 minutes after an injection, depending on your allergist's recommendations. Nearly all serious reactions begin within 5-20 minutes after the injection is given. Inform the nurse immediately if you are having any itching, hives, coughing, sneezing, tightness in the chest or throat, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. If you have any of these symptoms after your departure, you should return to the Student Health Services or report to the nearest hospital emergency room for prompt treatment.
  7. It is recommended that you do not do any strenuous exercise for one hour before and one hour after an injection.
  8. All reactions must be reported to the nurse before you receive your next injection. Local reactions consist of swelling and itching at the injection site. Please measure the size of the swelling (not the area of redness) and record the length of time the swelling lasts. 
  9. The cost of the injections is $7.00 per injections.  You will be given a receipt, detailing the number and date of injections received.  This receipt may be used to obtain reimbusement from your insurance company.
  10. If you come in late for your allergy injection and we need to contact your allergist for adjustments in your shots, you will be charged a $10.00 services fee.