The Allergy Clinic is staffed by nurses who are available to provide services for students requiring allergy immunotherapy. The clinic staff work with outside allergists and physicians to provide continued care for patients receiving allergy injections. Allergy immunotherapy will ONLY be administered AFTER the initial dose or doses have been given by the student's allergist.
Allergy injections will be given by appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday—8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. YOU MAY CALL 785.532.6544. If you get weekly, biweekly, or monthly shots, you may set up a standing appointment time for you to come during the semester to coincide with your class schedule.
Be aware that our appointments will have priority. Walk-in services are limited, and it may be necessary for the patient to return by appointment to complete the desired service. If you miss your appointment, call and reschedule. It is your responsibility to cancel any appointments you know you cannot make. You will be charged for failed appointments. Our interest is in your health and in providing appropriate and efficient service.
However, due to a decrease in the availability of staff for the summer, winter and spring breaks comprehensive allergy and/or immunization services can only be provided by patient appointment. To make an appointment, please telephone Lafene at 785.532.6544 or stop by the appointment window in the health center lobby. Your cooperation is appreciated.
It is mandatory for all new allergy patients to have one Lafene Health Center physician consult. Failure to comply will delay allergy injections until this visit is completed.
Beta blockers will not be used with allergy immunotherapy. They are a potential problem because the medications counteract the effects of adrenalin, which is used to treat the severe generalized reactions to the allergy immunotherapy injection.
ADVISE YOUR PHYSICIAN IF YOU ARE TAKING ANY OF THESE MEDICATIONS OR SOME OTHER MEDICATIONS YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT: Blocadren, Brevibloc, Corgard, Inderal, Normozide, Sectral, Tenoretic, Tenormin, Visken, Lopressor, Inderide, Inderal-LA, Normodyne, Kerlone, Cartrol, Betapace, Trandate, Levatol, Zebeta, Coreg.
PEF is measured before and after an injection to assess for reaction.
After each injection, there is a 30 minute wait, no matter how busy the Allergy Clinic is. Clients may go to see a doctor, get a prescription filled or make an appointment while waiting. Going to the Physical Therapy department or leaving the building is prohibited. This is a safety procedure so we may note any reactions and render needed treatment. If your doctor has prescibed an Epi-Pen, please bring it with you to your appointment.
Health fees must be paid before using the Allergy Clinic. Fall/Spring enrolled student patients receiving allergy injection maintenance only, during the summer, shall not be required to pay the "summer health fee". Those individuals not paying the summer fee are not eligible to receive any other service other than the allergy injections. Scheduled charges for the injections shall apply.
The Allergy and Immunization Clinic will charge a failed appointment charge for all allergy and immunization patients arriving late (10 minutes or more) for their scheduled appointments. Patients will need to reschedule their appointment for a later date/time.
Before allergy injections are begun, we need in writing the following information:
- Detailed dosage and schedule.
- Date of mixture or expiration date.
- List of allergens.
- Instructions regarding missed injections or for times when the client is off the prescribed schedule. No further injections will be given without specific written orders from your allergist.
- If your doctor has prescribed an EpiPen®, please bring it with you to your appointment.
These requirements may be mailed to: YOUR NAME, Lafene Health Center, Allergy Clinic, 1105 Sunset Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502. This information will be placed in your allergy chart which is filed in the Allergy Clinic.
Extracts are to be stored in the Allergy Clinic, but at your own risk. We cannot be responsible for misplaced or broken extracts. Only current extracts may be stored at Lafene. Any extracts not in use for more than 6 months or those that have expired will be discarded by Lafene staff.
Each patient will be assisted with reordering their serum when a new vial is needed.
If a woman becomes pregnant while receiving allergy immunotherapy, she will have to return to her regular allergist for her injections during her pregnancy.
Students are responsible for keeping on schedule, checking arms regularly after injections, and reporting any problems before the next injection.
Failure to comply will negate any future use of the Allergy Clinic.