Susquehanna University Allergy Injection Policy
The Susquehanna University Student Health Center offers an allergy injection service for
students receiving immunotherapy ordered by their private allergist. Registered nurses are
available to administer injections, coordinate care within the student health clinic, and consult
Allergy injection students must be currently under the care of an allergist. A minimum of an
annual visit to your private allergist is required. If you are starting the first vial of any allergy
injection, you must receive the first dose from your allergist. SU nursing staff will NOT
administer the first dose of any new allergy vial.
To utilize this service, please observe the fol owing steps:
1. Before you arrive at Susquehanna University, obtain the following from your allergist:
Current vials - clearly labeled with:
Injection schedule - clearly indicating:
• Prescribing physician’s name, address, phone, and fax contact information
• Instruction of treatment and dose adjustments for reactions
• Instructions for dose adjustments for missed or late shots
• Date and reaction of last dose administered
• Copy of this policy and procedure reviewed and signed by your allergist
2. All allergy injection patients will require an allergy consult appointment with nursing
staff before you receive your first injection. Once you have arrived at school, call the
Health Center at 570-372-4385 to schedule your al ergy consult appointment. This
appointment will take approximately 20 minutes with the nurse who will prepare your
allergy chart and review your allergy information. You will be asked to sign a release of
medical information and the allergy injection policy. Allergy injections will not be
provided at this time. Please bring all vials, schedules, and instructions when you arrive
for this initial allergy consult appointment.
3. The student is responsible for providing current instructions, schedules, and al ergy
extracts to the Health Center. Students are also responsible for adhering to their
schedule. Except in case of illness, please make every attempt to come for the regularly
scheduled injections for the best possible results of your treatment.
4. Al ergy injections are only given when our physician or CRNP is present at the Health
5. A thirty (30) minute wait is MANDATORY due to the possibility of a serious reaction. All
students must remain in the reception area until the injection sites are checked by a
This is in accordance with new guidelines published by the Joint Council of Allergy,
Asthma, and Immunology stating patients receiving allergy immunotherapy should
remain at the Student Health Center for (30) minutes fol owing an injection. Most
reactions (70%) resulting from immunotherapy occurring within (30) minutes of an
injection, therefore all allergy immunotherapy patients should remain in the Student
Health Center for at least thirty (30) minutes.
6. Notify the nurse/staff during your waiting period if your experience any of the fol owing
7. You will be notified when the allergy extract is low. It is your responsibility to reorder
and obtain replacement allergy extract. Remember, the first injection of each vial must
be given at your allergist office. Allergy extracts must be hand carried or mailed directly
8. You are responsible for informing the allergy clinic staff of any changes in address,
phone number, health conditions, or allergy information.
9. Vials left unused at the Health Center will be discarded after the expiration date.
10. Delayed reactions are possible. Persistent or severe symptoms require immediate
medical attention by cal ing 911 or by contacting Public Safety at x 4444. For mild
symptoms, take an antihistamine as advised by your allergist (Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin
or Zyrtec.) Report any delayed reaction to the nurse BEFORE
any additional injections.
11. It is recommended to wait (48) hours before or after any allergy injections before
receiving any other type of immunizations, such as flu vaccine.
12. Avoid vigorous exercise (jogging, gym workouts, etc.) at least one hour, preferably two,
I have read and understand al of the above:
To the Al ergist:
I am aware and agree to the Susquehanna University Allergy Injection Policy for my patient,
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ALLERGIST: Please detach and place in patient’s chart in allergist’s office
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