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ANTIGEN ADMINISTRATION POLICY
Antigen Administration Policy
Student Health Services will administer allergy injections to students upon a signed Allergy Injection(s) Consent/Policy Form and written orders from a physician who is licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who provides the appropriate allergen and signed orders for administering the allergen. Orders must include the procedure to follow if doses are missed, if a reaction occurs, if the student is ill at the time the allergen should be administered or other circumstances. To continue the injections, the physician must provide orders annually to update instructions. Student Health Services does not initiate allergy injections. When beginning immunotherapy the first 2 injections must be administered by the prescribing physician.
Injections are given Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. only when a physician/Certified Nurse Practitioner and two staff members are present in the office. For the patient to obtain optimum benefit from the treatment and to decrease risk of reactions, the importance of keeping appointments is stressed.
The student is required to wait 20 minutes in the Health Center after receiving antigen injections, and check with the nurse prior to leaving. Students who fail to comply with this procedure will no longer be eligible for the allergy service.
Allergen vials must be labeled with the student's name, concentration, antigen content, and expiration dates. Vials must be stored in Student Health Services. The student is responsible for bringing allergen to Student Health Services and taking allergen when leaving school (i.e. graduation, transfer, breaks). Any allergen left at the end of the school year will be discarded at expiration date or 6 months after the last visit. The student is also responsible for providing two EpiPens labeled with the student name, a valid expiration date, and the knowledge of how and when to use it. One will be stored in Student Health Services and one retained by the student. Syringes and alcohol wipes will be provided by Student Health Services.
If this policy does not meet the student’s needs, Student Health Services staff will assist the student in accessing local resources.
Revised - September 28, 2011
Revised - September, 2013
Revised - May 21, 2014