Allergy Injection Policy
Any student to whom a physician has dispensed a desensitizing antigen ("allergy vaccine") for injection may store the vaccine at the Health Center and receive injections on schedule from the Health Center nurses. A charge of $12 for a single injection and $15 for 2 or more injections at the same visit will be charged to the student's account with the Bursar and are payable at the Bursar’s Office. The Health Center handles no money and files no claims to insurance companies.
For the safety of patients and the legal protection of the University of Dayton, the following policies and procedures regarding allergy vaccine are strictly observed at all times.
Allergy vaccine is given only in accordance with written instructions signed by the prescribing physician. Such instructions must include, as an absolute minimum, a clearly intelligible order or dosage schedule for each antigen or mixture, indicating the amount to be administered and the interval between injections. Each injection vial must be labeled with sufficient information to distinguish it from all other vials dispensed to the same patient and to permit accurate interpretation of directions. When labeling or instructions are inadequate or ambiguous, allergy vaccine cannot be administered until clarification is obtained IN WRITING from the prescribing physician. Word of mouth instructions from the patient and telephoned instructions from the physician are NEVER acceptable. However, physicians’ orders can be faxed to the Health Center at 937-229-3107.
Allergy vaccine is administered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday except during the lunch hour between 12:30 - 1:30 PM. No vaccine can be given if a physician is not on the premises.
After receiving any desensitizing antigen, the patient must remain in the Health Center for at least 30 minutes. Any patient who refuses to comply with this regulation will be disqualified for further administration of vaccine at the Health Center.
In the event of any untoward reaction to allergy vaccine, the Health Center staff will use its best judgment in treating the reaction. Treatment will follow Health Center protocols and may not be identical to instructions provided by the prescribing physician. The Health Center staff may discontinue administration of antigen to any patient after an untoward reaction, and require written instructions from the prescribing physician regarding future doses.
If the time elapsed since the last allergy vaccine is twice the prescribed interval or more, no further injections will be given until a WRITTEN order has been received from the prescribing physician, indicating either approval of continuation of the original schedule or a revision of dosage. Obtaining such an order is the responsibility of the patient. Written orders may be faxed to the Health Center. A student who has received vaccine while at home during a vacation must present evidence of this IN WRITING from the administering physician before continuing the injection schedule at the Health Center.
Ordering a new supply of vaccine when a vial is empty is the responsibility of the patient.
The University of Dayton Health Center reserves the right to decline to administer allergy vaccine, or to discontinue administration once it has been begun, to any student, for any reason, at any time. The University of Dayton and its employees cannot be responsible for adverse consequences of allergy injections administered in compliance with the prescribing physician’s orders, or for loss of vaccine stored at the Health Center.