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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.  All NEW allergy students must schedule an initial visit with the Health Center physician prior to starting allergy injections. 

Procedures

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.  ALL STUDENTS RECEIVING ALLERGY INJECTIONS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN THE ALLERGY VACCINE POLICES AND PROCEDURES AND THE ALLERGY DESENSITIZATION INSTRUCTIONS EACH YEAR.

ALLERGY VACCINE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:

Any student to whom a physician has dispensed a desensitizing antigen (“allergy vaccine”) for injection may store this vaccine at the Health Center in a refrigerator designated for the purpose, and may receive injections on schedule from the Health Center nurses.  A charge for each allergy injection visit will be recorded with the Office of Student Accounts and will appear on the student's account.  Cash payments cannot be accepted at the Health Center. 

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.

                1.  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 the number shown above. Whenever the Health Center receives a new set of orders and/or new vial(s), a new colored cover sheet MUST be created for the patient’s file, clearly indicating the date of expiration of the patient’s serum/sera.
               2.  Allergy vaccine is administered only during physician hours and allergy injections are not scheduled between 12:30-1:30.  No vaccine can be given if a physician is not on the premises. Summer hours are more limited; please contact the Health Center for summer physician hours.
               3. Prior to receiving each allergy injection, the patient must inform the nurse of the following:                           
                     a.  a delayed reaction to the allergy injection
                     b.  any current illness or need to see a clinician within the past week
                     c.  any new medications
                     d.  any new or increased allergy or asthma symptoms
               4.  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.              
               5. 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 include, as far as possible, compliance with instructions provided by the prescribing physician.  The Health Center staff may discontinue administration of antigen to any patient after an untoward reaction, and require evaluation by an allergist including written instructions regarding future doses.
               6.  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 at the number shown above.  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. 

                7.  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.             

ALLERGY DESENSITIZATION INSTRUCTIONS:
1.Avoid rubbing or scratching the arms after injections.
2.Avoid vigorous exercise after injections, such as jogging, vigorous walking, gym workouts, etc., for 2-4 hours. 
3. Bring an antihistamine medication (as recommended by your allergist) with you when coming for an
injection as a safety precaution (see #6). 
4. You MUST have injection sites checked by a nurse, 30 minutes after injection. There are no
exceptions to this policy. You must remain inside the Student Health Center during your 30 minute
wait. 
5. While waiting to have the injection checked, notify the nurse if you experience any of the following:
    * runny nose                  * wheezing           * sneezing            * coughing
    * itching                           * flushing              * hives                  * anxiety
    * shortness of breath   * facial swelling   * coughing           * “pins & needles” sensations of the skin
    * nasal congestion                                                                                                                   
6. Although you may not experience any local reaction within the 30 minutes after the injection, it is
possible to react later in the day. If a local reaction occurs: 
    * Take an antihistamine.
    * Apply ice and over the counter hydrocortisone cream.
    * Record the time and size of the reaction and how long it lasts.  Report this to the nurse  BEFORE receiving additional injections.
 If your symptoms continue or worsen do all of the following: 
    * Use epi-nephrine self-injector,  use as directed by your allergist
    * Take over the counter oral Benadryl as directed on the label
    * Call Public Safety 937-229-2121 or off campus call 911 
7. Allergy injections will never be given without a physician’s presence in the facility. This is for your
safety. 
8. Certain prescription medications for eye problems, headaches, depression and blood pressure
problems contain Beta Blockers, MAO Inhibitors or ACE Inhibitors. These medications can increase
the sensitivity to allergens and also potentiate anaphylaxis. If you have been prescribed any such
medication, it is IMPERATIVE you inform the nurse BEFORE RECEIVING ANY ALLERGY
INJECTIONS. 
9. If you become pregnant, please inform the allergy nurse prior to your next allergy injections. Also
notify your allergist’s office immediately.