The student health center staff administers allergy injections during doctor or physician assistant provider hours under the order and instructions of the student's allergist, who has prescribed and prepared the serum. Allergy serum and instructions for the administration of serum are stored at the Student Health Center .
Students must be observed in the student health center at least 20-30 minutes after receiving an allergy injection . Failure to comply with the observation requirement will result in allergy injection services being discontinued for you at the student health center.
Before receiving their first allergy injection, the student will be asked to read and initial the Allergy Injection Instructions.
Time and day allergy injections are administered during the academic year:
Monday thru Friday during provider hours, which differ every day (Check weekly email for provider hours)
Requirements and Responsibilities
This information is provided for King's College students who have been receiving allergy shots from their allergist at home and who wish to continue with their injections while attending King's.
It is your responsibility to bring the allergy serum your physician has supplied.
Be sure that all vials are properly labeled and that your injection schedule and allergist's instructions are enclosed.
Required Information includes:
- Your name
- Contents of each vial of serum
- Dilution of each serum vial
- Expiration date of each serum vial
- Dosage schedule
- Frequency of injections
- Instructions for dosage adjustments based on type of reaction
- Interval between injections
- Signature of allergist
- Printed name and address, telephone number, and office hours of allergist
Receiving Your Injection
Refrigerated storage for your allergy serum is provided in the student health center located in Andre Hall (72 West North St).
A medical provider is required to be in the student health center whenever allergy injections are administered.
Important Safety Concerns
Before you receive your injection, inform the nurse of any medications that you are taking. Certain prescription medications used to treat eye problems, headaches, or high blood pressure may contain beta-blockers that can increase the risk of serious reactions to allergy injections.
Life threatening reactions can occur even in individuals who have been receiving allergy injections for a long time. You must have the nurse inspect the injection site following the 20-30 minute wait period post injection(s).
During the waiting period after the injection, notify the nurse immediately if you experience any of the following:
Anxiety ("feeling strange"); Excessive nasal congestion; Excessive sneezing; Flushing; Hives; Itching; Runny Nose; Shortness of Breath; Wheezing.
If increased redness and swelling occurs at the injection site, you may apply ice to the site and take an antihistamine, e.g. Benadryl 25 mg by mouth.
Undergraduate Resident Students
The cost for health center services is covered by the wellness fee that is required of all undergraduate resident students. The wellness fee covers medical care and medications dispensed by a King's College health care provider from the health center formulary, and diagnostic procedures and tests done at the student health center in addition to other campus services. The wellness fee is not a substitute for health insurance.
Full time Graduate Resident Students (including 4th year physician assistant students), Commuter and Off-Campus Students - Students who have submitted a completed health form are eligible to use the health center on a fee-for-service basis. The fee-for-service cost is charged to the student's account only if/when a service is rendered.
- $30.00 - Clinician visit
- $15.00 - Allergy Injections and Tuberculin Screening Test (PPD)
- Prescription Medication Fee (at cost up to a maximum of $10)
Tuberculin Screening (PPD) Tests
Tuberculin screening (PPD) skin tests are available to ALL King's students. A $15 fee will be charged to the student's business account for any commuter or off-campus student. For resident students, the fee is included in the semester wellness fee. Students wishing to receive the test must sign a consent and be able to return to the health center within 48-72 hours to have the test read. No PPD tests will be performed on Thursdays. If the student does not return in a timely manner, it will be necessary to repeat the test at an additional charge.
Medical Supplies (on loan)
- Heating Pad
- Wheel chair
Items must be returned in good condition by the assigned date. The student may keep the item for an additional time period by contacting Student Health and completing another agreement form. If the item is not returned by the assigned date, the student will be contacted by the Student Health Center .
If the item is not returned by the end of the semester, the student will be billed for that item by the business office.
The health center clinicians may feel that it is necessary to refer a patient to a community specialist. Charges for these outside services are the responsibility of the student. Please check with your insurance carrier before obtaining outside medical services. Transportation and fees incurred are the responsibility of the student.
Medications from an Outside Pharmacy
If the Student Health Center does not have a needed medication, the student will be given a prescription to take to the pharmacy of his/her choice. Students may need to call the pharmacy in advance to determine the cost and to arrange payment. If a student has prescription coverage through an insurance carrier they should be aware of which pharmacy accepts the insurance and should have the prescription insurance care available. Students are responsible for the cost of medications obtained at an outside pharmacy even if the medication is prescribed by a student health center provider.
Transportation off-campus for non emergency medical care arranged by the Student Health Center, Residence Life, or Sports Medicine can be provided by our Security Department via a campus van.
This system is not designed to provide emergency transportation.