Allergy Shot Hours
Effective June 17, 2020, we are now scheduling patients for immunotherapy (allergy shots) and Xolair injections. Injections will be given by appointment only. For fastest service, please click on "Request Appointment"” in the upper right corner of this web page, or on the "Appointments" button at the bottom left of this web page. If you call the office instead, we ask that you call 1 time only and leave a voicemail. We will call you back within 48 business hours. Due to the large volume of requests, we kindly ask that you refrain from calling multiple times.
Important: All immunotherapy patients are now required to have their own epinephrine auto-injector 2-pak (e.g., Auvi-Q, EpiPen, or generic epinephrine) on hand for all of their injections. If you do not already have this medication, we will prescribe it for you when you schedule your first injection.
We have been working hard to update our policies and implement strict protocols for your safety and the safety of your families and our staff. We are taking the following steps to keep you safe: non-contact check-in from your vehicle, social distancing in our office and waiting areas, pre-screening questions and temperature checks, required usage of masks by patients and staff, and, as always, a high standard for cleaning and disinfecting.
For the majority of patients, your first appointment to get your injections restarted will be scheduled 1 week in advance to allow our staff to prepare for the correct dose.
When we call you to schedule your injection(s), all of the following are required:
- Any remaining balance to your account paid in full
- You have had an office visit or televisit with 1 of our physicians within the past year
- Current insurance information
- Within the past 14 days, none of the following:
- Contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
- Travel outside western PA
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of sense of smell/taste
Preparing for your Injection Visit
- Wear clothing that allows rapid and easy access to your arm(s), as all injections will be administered in an open area of the office. For the safety of patients and staff there will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement.
- Bring your epinephrine auto-injector 2-pak.
- Patients with an albuterol inhaler should bring it to their appointment, as we are not able to administer nebulized medications at this time.
- Patients age 18 and older are to come alone; minors or those who need assistance may have 1 accompanying parent or legal guardian.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from others at all times, except during your injection(s).
- Wear a face-mask.
- Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled injection time to allow time for us to prepare for your entry into our office.
- If you are not in the parking lot when you are called by our clinical staff, you will be rescheduled.
When you arrive in our parking lot
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled injection time.
- One of our clinical staff will call you at the time you are expected to be in the parking lot. If you are not in the parking lot when you are called by our clinical staff, you will be rescheduled.
- The nurse will ask you COVID-19 screening questions as well as our usual pre-injection health screening questions, to ensure it is safe for you to come up to the office and receive your injection(s).
When you arrive at our office front door
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Make sure you are wearing a face mask.
- Sign our COVID-19 waiver and our updated immunotherapy consent form.
- You will then have a temperature check at the door.
- If you have no fever, proceed to your assigned seat while the nurse prepares your injection(s).
Receiving your injection(s)
- When you are called back, proceed directly to the nursing station.
- After your injection(s), you may stop at the desk to schedule your next injection appointment.
- Proceed back to your assigned seat in the waiting room.
- Notify us immediately if you experience any adverse symptoms, otherwise the nurse will call you back to check your arm after 30 minutes.
Particularly on days of inclement weather, we advise you to call the office for unexpected changes in shot hours.