IMMUNIZATIONS AND ALLERGY
Immunizations and Allergy Information at Falcon Health Center
At the Falcon Health Center, we offer many routine immunizations to keep students and community members healthy and safe. Receiving immunizations can be a stressful process for patients, so please know the staff at Falcon Health Center is here to make it as pain-free and comfortable as possible.
We bill for the vaccine and the administration of the vaccine. Contact your insurance company directly to find out your specific coverage. They can also provide answers to your questions regarding immunization copays. You will be billed for any amounts that your insurance does not cover.
Please note the recommended vaccinations listed below that we suggest students receive before coming to BGSU.
Coming to college is an exciting time in an individual’s life and here at Falcon Health Center, we want to assist students in making a smooth and health transition.
Below is a list of recommended vaccinations that we suggest students receive before coming to BGSU or living in a residence hall.
- M.M.R. (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): two doses required at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (TDAP): TDAP booster recommended.
- Completion of Meningitis vaccine information
- Completion of Hepatitis B vaccine information
- Tuberculosis Screening: if a student has signs or symptoms of active TB or a member of a high-risk group
- Polio vaccine
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: The Falcon Health Center offers the Gardasil vaccine to help protect against diseases caused by HPV. Gardasil is for girls and women 9-26 years of age. The vaccine does not substitute for routine cervical cancer screenings. Three doses of the vaccine are needed. For more information about Gardasil, go to www.gardasil.com.
All of the recommended vaccinations listed above may be given without a doctor’s order.
If students face issues receiving these vaccinations at his or her family physician, we can provide these immunization services at Falcon Health Center. Our staff can continue a series of vaccine injections initiated by another health care provider.
Allergy injections are given Mon – Fri, 8a – 4p.
Injections are only given when a physician or physician assistant is present.
Allergy injections are given to those age 17 and older.
BGSU students and community members currently receiving allergy injections can continue their treatment regimen at the Falcon Health Center. Vials are properly stored and we provide injections according to the physician’s directions. The Falcon Health Center does not have an allergist on staff.
A registered nurse will follow your physician’s instructions for administering allergy injections. This does not establish a physician-patient relationship with Falcon Health Center for this condition.
Therefore, it is your physician’s responsibility to explain the risks of receiving allergy injections. If the instructions are unclear or if you are late, your physician will be contacted.
You must report to the nurse any current illness and any prescription or non-prescription medications you are currently taking prior to receiving an injection.
NOTIFY THE NURSE IF YOUR PHYSICIAN PRESCRIBES A BETA BLOCKER
If you are currently using a Beta Blocker while receiving allergy injections, we will need verbal permission from your allergist prior to administering the serum. Below is a list of Beta Blockers.
|BRAND NAME||GENERIC NAME|
|Brevibloc||Esmolol (critical care)|
General Guidelines About Allergy Injections
- You need to schedule a nurse appointment to receive an allergy shot.
- YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WAIT 30 MINUTES AFTER AN INJECTION. At the initial visit please allow for extra time to review doctor’s orders and the Falcon Health Center policy.
- All orders and serum need to be ordered by an outside allergist.
- Students are required to bring allergy serum with accompanying physician’s orders when initiating allergy injections at Falcon Health Center. STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE to check signs at Falcon Health Center indicating closings: i.e. at Holiday/Christmas break, spring break and end of spring semester before summer classes. If you have any problems with these times, special arrangements may be made on an individual basis.
- No allergy injections will be given to a patient with hives, total body itching, wheezing, or fever greater than 100F.
- Falcon Health Center will not mix serum from different vials into a syringe. All serum will be drawn up into individual syringes and administered separately.
- You are receiving injections of the materials to which you are most allergic. You may have very significant local or systemic reactions which require immediate treatment. Nearly all serious reactions begin within 5-20 minutes after the injection is given.
- You should not scratch or rub the allergy injection site because it will irritate the area and cause swelling. If it itches or becomes sore, you should apply an icepack.
- Inform the nurse immediately if you have any itching, hives, coughing, sneezing, tightness in the chest or throat, wheezing or difficulty breathing. These are symptoms of systemic reactions and require intervention. Systemic reactions after 20 minutes are rare and usually progress slowly but need prompt treatment as well. If a systemic reaction occurs following your departure, you should return to the Student Health Service promptly for treatment or after Student Health Service hours, report to the nearest hospital emergency room.
- It is recommended that you do not do any strenuous exercise for one hour before and one hour after an injection.
- All reactions must be reported before you receive your next injection. Local reactions consist of swelling and itching at the injection site. Please measure the size of the swelling (not the area of redness) and record the length of time the swelling lasts. It is important to report these two factors to the nurse prior to your next injection.
- If you discontinue or fail to appear for treatment for a period of 120 days, your vial will be discarded.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION
- Hepatitis B: a series of three shots given over a 6 month period.
- Tetanus and Diptheria: must have received the vaccination within the last 10 years
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella: two doses required at least 28 days apart.
- Meningococcal Vaccine: must have received the vaccine between the ages of 16-21.
- Tuberculosis Screening: if a student is showing signs or symptoms of active TB, or a member of a high risk group.
International students must have received these vaccines once in their lifetime, and be able to provide proof. The university will not accept completion of the immunization if you do not have documentation of it.
If you have any questions about the vaccine requirements, please call the Falcon Health Center at: 419-372-2271.
For more information about International students, contact International Student Services at: 419-372-2247.
Falcon Health Center is the health center next to the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) campus.
The center serves BGSU students, faculty and staff members, as well as alumni and the community and offers walk-in urgent care, appointments with providers, whole health care, including acupuncture and chiropractic care, lab and radiology services and a full pharmacy with drive through.