Allergy Injections

The Student Health Center staff administer allergy injections by appointment only.  The student's allergist must supply the order, serum, and instructions for the injections.

Students must be observed in the student health center at least 20-30 minutes after receiving an allergy injection for any signs or symptoms of an adverse reaction.  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 by appointment only.

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.

Allergy Serum

It is your responsibility to bring the allergy serum or have it sent by your allergist to the Student Health Center.

Be sure that all vials are properly labeled and that your injection schedule and allergist's instructions are enclosed.  Refrigerated storage for your allergy serum is provided in the student health center located in Andre Hall (72 West North St).

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

Important Safety Concerns

Before you receive your injection, inform the staff 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.

During the waiting period after the injection, notify the staff 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 by appointment only.  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.  PPD tests will not be performed on Thursdays.  If the student does not return within the appropriate time frame, it will be necessary to repeat the test at an additional charge.

Medical Supplies (on loan)

  • Crutches
  • Heating Pad
  • Humidifier
  • Nebulizer
  • 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.

Referrals Off-Campus

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, a prescription will be provided.  Students are responsible for the cost of medications obtained at an outside pharmacy.  Students should be aware of  their prescritption insurance plan coverage.   If a student is unable to pick up their medication, delivery may be arranged.