Getting Allergy Shots at UHS
UT students who have started an allergy desensitization program (allergy shots) with an allergist may be eligible to receive their shots at UHS (charges apply).
UHS does not administer the initial dose of allergen immunotherapy. Allergy testing is not available at UHS. Allergy shots are administered by appointment during regular business hours.
Texas requires allergy injection orders from a provider licensed to practice in Texas. If your allergist is not licensed in Texas, you will need to establish care with an allergist in Texas. University Health Services does not have an allergist on our staff.
Prior to receiving allergy injections at UHS, the following items are required:
- The Allergy Desensitization Form for Allergist completed and signed by an allergist licensed to practice in Texas
- A copy of your most recent Allergist visit note
- Record of last dose, including date, name of antigen, dosage, and any local reaction
- Instructions for dosing schedule, including frequency of injections and minimum time between shots
- Instructions for dosage adjustment due to missed/late injections or local reactions
- Dosage sheet matching patient name on vials and including patient’s date of birth
- Allergy extract vials must be clearly labeled with:
- Patient's name
- Vial name or contents (example "vial 1" or "TWG")
- Allergy extract concentration
- Expiration date
After the completed Allergy Desensitization Form has been received, the student will be instructed to schedule an appointment with a UHS provider to evaluate whether they are an appropriate candidate for immunotherapy at UHS.
A secure message will be sent to the student’s MyUHS portal with step by step instructions on how to schedule this clearance visit after all necessary information from the allergist has been verified.
AFTER a patient is cleared by a UHS provider, and all above items have been received, the student may schedule their injection by calling 512-475-8301.
Allergy extract, dose sheets and injection orders may either be mailed or delivered directly to:
The University of Texas at Austin
University Health Services, Allergy Clinic
100 West Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78712-1107
If you personally deliver your extract and allergist records:
- Keep the extract refrigerated, but do not place in a freezer.
- Deliveries are accepted from 8-4:30, Monday-Friday, with the exception of noon- 1:30 on Wednesdays and UT Holidays when we are closed.
- We are located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building (SSB) at the above address.
All patients must agree to wait 30 minutes after their shot(s) as a precaution in the event of an adverse reaction. Patients who cannot wait the full 30 minutes, may not receive allergy shots at UHS. After 30 minutes, nurses check patient's arm(s). Patients notify nurses immediately if they feel they are having a reaction.
Any student that experiences a significant systemic reaction will not be able to receive subsequent injections at UHS until evaluated by the prescribing allergist and written recommendations are provided to UHS for subsequent dosing, which will be reviewed by a UHS provider.