Parton nursing staff can administer allergy shots for students if complete and explicit physician's orders and serum are provided by the attending allergist. You will need to bring your serum and physician's orders, as well as your allergy shot schedule to Parton.
During your visit to Parton, the nurse will review the instructions and set-up a schedule for administration of injections. Injections are given at Parton when our physician or nurse practitioner is present. Students are required to wait 20 to 30 minutes following each injection to evaluate for a reaction.
Challenges sometimes arise in maintaining injection schedules due to students' personal travel plans and college breaks. We will work with you to help maintain your schedule. However, we reserve the option of not giving allergy injections to students who find it difficult to maintain their injection schedules. In those cases, we evaluate the effectiveness of continuing allergy injections when three scheduled appointments in a row have been missed.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are starting allergy injections you must receive the first injection with your allergist at home. Because of potential adverse reactions, we will not initiate allergy shots.
We do not administer allergy shots in the summer unless you are an undergraduate student during the academic year. If you are a summer student or faculty member, please call Porter ENT in Middlebury to discuss your needs or to schedule an appointment. Their telephone number is: 802-388-7037.
Health Services provides travel immunizations to students going abroad. Immunization requirements vary depending on the student's itinerary, past medical history and previous immunizations. Students should prepare for travel vaccines at least 3-6 months before your date of departure.
Prior to your travel visit you'll need to be prepared by following these simple steps:
1. Stop by the Health Services to receive your travel packet which includes a "Travax" report specific to your travel destination(s).
2. Complete the Travel Questionnaire. You must bring this completed questionnaire with you to your appointment.
3. Schedule your appointment with the doctor or nurse practitioner.
HIV testing and physical exams may also be required for some travel destinations and are available at the Health Services. Additional information about travel immunizations can be obtained by contacting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) either by phone (1-404-332-4565) or the Internet http://www.cdc.gov/ The CDC will provide you with the most current immunization recommendations, as well as disease prevention information.
For information about the flu, preventing the flu and updates on vaccine information, please visit the following websites:
Are you in the "high risk" category for complications from the influenza virus? To learn more about this, please call Parton at x5135 and a nurse will be glad to answer your questions - or visit: http://healthvermont.gov/