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For More Information, Contact:

Rosmarie Bruich, R.N.
Director, Student Health Services
Student Health Services
412-397-6221 Phone
412-397-6319 Fax
Jefferson Center
Moon Campus

Antigen Administration Policy

Student Health Services will administer antigen to students upon written orders from a physician who provides the appropriate serum. Orders must be dated and include the procedure to follow if doses are missed, if a reaction occurs, if the student is ill at the time the antigen should be administered or other circumstances. To continue the injections, the physician must provide written orders and information stated above at the beginning of each school year.

Injections are given Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. only when a physician 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 this service.

Antigen must be stored in Student Health Services. The student is responsible for bringing antigen to Student Health Services and taking antigen when leaving school (i.e. graduation, transfer, breaks). Any antigen 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 an EpiPen with a valid expiration date that will be stored in Student Health Services. Both antigen and the EpiPen should be labeled with the student’s name and expiration date. 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.