The Allergy and Immunization Clinic at Schiffert Health Center is available to administer allergy injections and to store antigens for students. There is no allergy testing done at Schiffert Health Center. Students are required to see an allergist before using the Allergy and Immunization Clinic.
Students must bring their own allergy medicine (clearly labeled) with complete instructions. Our refrigerator is available to store students’ antigens, however students are responsible for ordering, receiving, and knowing the expiration date of their allergens. Allergens will not be used if expired. Periodically we go through the refrigerator and discard old and expired antigens.
A 20 – 30 minute waiting period after administering injections is required due to the possibility of severe reactions, including death. Strenuous physical exercise should be avoided one hour before, and three to four hours after, injections to reduce the risk of reactions.
A fee is charged through Accounts Receivable for allergy injections and vaccines. Itemized statements are issued on request.
Vaccinations offered at Schiffert Health Center
- HPV or the human papilloma virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. Every year about 17,000 women and 9,000 men are affected by cancers caused by HPV. It is responsible for many cases of genital warts also.
- The vaccine is recommended for females and males at 11 or 12 years of age. It can be given through age 26 depending on certain health related factors and starting over is not necessary if the three doses were not given during the recommended time-frame of 6 months.
- The vaccine can help prevent cervical cancers in women, head and neck cancers, anal cancers and genital warts in both sexes and penile cancers in men. Vaccinated partners are less likely to spread HPV to their partners.
- The vaccine is safe and very effective.
- Schiffert Health Center has Gardasil 9 and injections are given in the Allergy/Immunization Clinic. The cost of the injection is billed to the student account. An itemized bill may be turned into insurance for reimbursement. Gardasil 9 is available at local pharmacies and they bill insurance directly. Ask for Gardasil 9 because it provides more coverage from the many strains of the virus.
- Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver, spread by contaminated water or food, ingestion of raw or undercooked fish (oysters, clams, mussels) from contaminated waters, infected food handlers, poor sanitary conditions, travel to under-developed countries, institutionalized children or adults, and by parental transmission (blood transfusions or sharing needles). The vaccine is inactivated. One intramuscular injection is given to adults with a booster in six to 12 months.
- Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver, which can lead to death. It is spread by direct blood contact or sexual contact. The vaccine is inactivated and is given intramuscularly in three doses over a period of six to 12 months. No boosters are required.
- The bacterium that causes the meningococcal disease is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in older children and young adults. The bacterium can be found in the throats of 10 percent of healthy people at any given time without causing infection. It is spread from person to person through inhalation of airborne droplets or direct contact with oral secretions. In some individuals the bacterium spreads from the throat and results in life threatening infection.
- These are serious diseases that spread from an infected person to the nose or throat of others. The vaccine is a live attenuated virus vaccine. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended at least one month apart. Two doses of measles (rubeola), one dose of mumps, and one dose of rubella are required by Virginia state law. It is given subcutaneously.
- Polio is a viral infection that can cause paralysis or death. If complete series of vaccinations is given during childhood, additional vaccination is not required in the United States for adults (unless traveling to high risk areas outside the country). If traveling to areas where risk of exposure to polio is high, one dose of vaccine is recommended as an adult. A complete adult series in the United States is three vaccine doses. A completed series is required by Virginia state law.
- Pneumonia is a condition in which part of the lung can become inflamed, causing fever, chest pain, and breathing complications.
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are serious diseases. Tetanus is caused by a germ that enters the body through a cut or wound. Diphtheria spreads when germs pass from an infected person to the nose or throat of others. Pertussis is caused by the spread of bacteria contained in tiny droplets expelled through sneezing or coughing. The vaccine is inactivated and is given intramuscularly every ten years. If significant injury occurs, the vaccine will be given after five years, but never more often than five years.
- Rabies is a virtually fatal disease spread by contamination from an infected source. It is recommended that all persons in high-risk occupations receive the pre-exposure vaccine, given intramuscularly, over a period of one month. Post-exposure vaccine should be started as soon as possible. It is an inactivated vaccine.
- Typhoid is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. Typhoid causes high fevers, stomach pains, weakness, and sometimes headache or loss of appetite.
For immunizations not available at Schiffert Health Center, or if you are a Virginia Tech student, staff member, or faculty member and need travel vaccines or prescriptions, call for an appointment with:
- The Montgomery County Health Department at: 540-585-3300 ( Montgomery County Health Department Map - Driving Instructions (PDF | 326KB) )
Allergy injections are administered on a walk-in basis. However, if you are a new student, an appointment should be made for your first injection.