Allergy Injections

  • Allergy injections can be given during regular business hours.
  • It is important that you establish a day and time which you can follow weekly.
  • You must remain in the Student Health Center for 20 minutes after being injected. You must be discharged by the nurse.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain serum for use as needed with detailed physician instructions.
  • When you are planning to be away from campus, you must sign out serum with the nurse.
  • When reporting to the Student Health Center for injections, please present a school (pictured) I.D. and sign in at the Kiosk. Occasionally, it may be necessary to see the doctor for consultation.

If you have questions, feel free to talk with the nurse at any time.

After your Allergy Injection:

  • Avoid rubbing or scratching the arms after injections.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise after injections, such as jogging, vigorous walking, gym workouts, etc.
  • If an antihistamine is recommended by your allergist, please advise the Health Center prior to starting the program.
  • Although you may not experience any local reaction within the 20 minutes after the injection, it is possible to react later in the day.

If a local reaction occurs:

  • Record the time and size of the reactions and how long it lasts.
  • Report this to the nurse before receiving additional injections.
  • Report to the Student Health Center or go to the nearest emergency room if you are concerned.
  • While waiting 20 minutes after the injection, notify the nurse if you experience any of the following: a runny nose, scratchy throat, wheezing, sneezing, coughing, itching, flushing, pins and needles sensation, facial swelling, hives. anxiety, or nasal congestion.
  • If any of the above symptoms occur after you have left the Student Health Center, return to the Center or consider going to the nearest emergency room.
  • You MUST have the injection sites checked after 20 minutes by a nurse. If you leave before being released by the nurse, you will not be allowed to continue to receive additional injections at the Student Health Center. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • The immune system is unpredictable. This is the reason you are required to remain at the Student Health Center for 20 minutes following the injection.
  • If possible, try to schedule your injection times on the same day, at the same time each week. If you come in twice a week, you need at least one day between injections.
  • Allergy injections will never be given without a Physician’s presence in the facility. This is for your safety.
  • Certain prescription medications for eye problems, headaches, and blood pressure problems contain Beta Blockers. Beta Blockers can block your reaction to allergens and potentiate anaphylaxis. If you have been prescribed any such medication, it is IMPERATIVE that you inform the nurse BEFORE receiving any allergy injections.
  • If you plan a vacation, camp or school change, please come to the Student Health Center to sign out your extracts. You are responsible for making arrangements to receive your injections while you are away. You must also keep the extracts refrigerated. Failure to do so may cause them to lose potency.
  • Vaccines will be stored until the end of the academic year ONLY. If the vaccine is not picked up, and has expired it will be discarded.