Getting Started with Allergy Injections at Olin Health Center
Thank you for choosing Student Health Services for your allergy injection needs. Our goal is to help you stay as healthy as you can so you can focus on your classes and not your allergies!
Please be advised that Olin does not give Venom serum (bee allergy injections), food allergy injections, or subcutaneous injectable asthma medications (such as Xolair).
Olin Student Health Services does not offer skin allergy testing. When needing injections of any type, you must be seen at the prescribing allergist’s office and get your initial injections there. We will then be able to provide continuing care for you while you are away from home.
1. Your allergist may mail us the serum or you may bring it in during serum drop off times. Please drop off or mail serum at least five days prior to a needed appointment so we have time to check it in and process your paperwork.
2. Along with your serum we will need the following documentation:
- For allergy patients, please print and complete the “Allergy History Information Sheet.” You can fill out the top of the form and have your allergist complete the rest.
- For other injectable medications patients, please print and complete the "Injectable Medications Questionnaire." You can fill out the top of the form and have your physician complete the rest.
The injection and dosing schedule (shot record) that comes with the serum must detail the following:
- Two patient identifiers (name and date of birth) on all paperwork and vials
- Vials labeled with specific contents, dilutions, and expiration dates
- Dosing schedule, including adjustments for late/missed dose
- Instructions for treatment of local reaction
- Instructions for dosing/schedule adjustment after local reaction
3. Please be advised that all injection and dosing schedules must be signed by your allergist or physician. We cannot accept orders signed by any other staff member. Also note that each antigen serum vial and paperwork must be clearly labeled with:
- Patient name
- Patient date of birth
- Contents of serum
- Expiration dates of serums
4. If we do not have all of the required documentation, you will need to return the vials to your allergist or physician for correction.
5. When we have received the serum and complete documentation, we will contact you to set up your initial appointment. This can sometimes take a week or longer.
6. We ask that you arrive at least ten minutes prior to your appointment. If you arrive after the appointment has started, you may be asked to reschedule.
7. For your safety, you will be expected to remain in the clinic for 30 minutes after you receive your injection. If you cannot remain in our clinic for that amount of time, you will not receive your injection.