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Allergy Injection Clinic

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

Students and spouses who use this service are asked to comply to:
Clinic Rules and Policies for Students/Spouses on Desensitization Therapy

  1. Allergy shots are administered Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 3:00 P.M. During the Winter and Summer Break, 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 the health center is closed for meetings and school related functions.
  3. For your safety, allergy injections are not administered if there is only one nurse practitioner in attendance.
  4. Occasionally, consultation with your allergist by the health center staff may occur which can result to delay or alteration in your allergy schedule
  5. Notify the nurse practitioner prior to receiving your injection of any
    1. Respiratory tract infections within the last week,  intercurrent disease with systemic symptoms within the last 3-4 days
    2. Recent deterioration of asthma, or exacerbation of atopic dermatitis
    3. Missed any scheduled antihistamine prior to allergy injections
  6. You will be asked to wait for 20 minutes after receiving the allergy injection. This is imperative so we can monitor for any signs and symptoms of allergic reactions which can range from mild to severe reactions
  7. During your post injection evaluation period, notify any of the health center staff if you experience any of the following
    1. Increase intensity of allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing, watery eyes
    2. Generalized rash
    3. Shortness of breath
    4. Lightheadedness or dizziness
  8. The student is responsible in ensuring that allergens arrive at the health center on time and are delivered properly to ensure viability of the serum
    1. The health center staff will fax request for new allergy vials and a copy of the most recent allergy schedule
    2. The health center will notify the student either by email of phone call once new allergy extracts and schedule are received

Occasionally, consultation with your allergist by the Health Center staff may result on alterations to your allergy schedule.