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Allergy Injection Clinic

Health Services does not perform allergy testing or supply serum. However, students who are on a desensitization program can bring their serum, along with a schedule and instruction sheet from the prescribing allergist to be administered at Health Services. This is a free service for all eligible Caltech students. For more information on this service, call Health Services and ask to speak to any of the nurse practitioners.

Students who use this service are asked to comply with the following guidelines:

Clinic Rules and Policies for Students on Desensitization Therapy

  1. Allergy shots are administered Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  2. No Allergy shots are administered during school holidays, weekends or whenever Health Services is closed for meetings and school related functions.
  3. Occasionally, consultation with your allergist by a Health Services provider may be necessary, which can result to delay or alteration in your allergy schedule
  4. Notify the Health Services provider about the following prior to injection:
  • Respiratory tract infections within the last week, 
  • Intercurrent disease with systemic symptoms within the last 3-4 days
  • Recent deterioration of asthma, or exacerbation of atopic dermatitis
  • Missed any scheduled antihistamine

5. You will be asked to wait for 20 minutes after receiving the allergy injection to allow for monitoring of adverse reactions. During your post-injection evaluation period, notify Health Services staff if you experience any of the following:

  • Increase intensity of allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing, watery eyes
  • Generalized rash
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness

The student is responsible for ensuring that serums arrive at Health Services on time and are delivered properly to ensure viability of the serum. A Health Services provider will fax a request for new allergy vials and a copy of the most recent allergy schedule. Health Services will notify the student via secure message and/or phone call once new serums and injection schedule are received.