Welcome to Adult & Pediatric Allergy Center of Northern Virginia

Allergy Shot Info

Allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) consists of exposing the patient to small doses of the patient’s allergens to teach his/her body not to overreact to those allergens. The sera contains pollens (grasses, weeds, trees), mold, or other environmental inhalants (mites, dog, cat) to which a patient has been shown to be allergic by skin testing. Venom immunotherapy, as the name implies, are actual doses of natural stinging insect venom or its purified components.

Appointment Times for Allergy Injections

Injections received in this office are by appointments. Our present times for giving allergy injections are as follows: Please note that the last time given is when the last shot is given – you must be here before that time.

Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Administration of Allergy Injections Determinations

It is the policy of this office that injections not be given for the following reasons:

  • ‍If the patient is acutely ill;
  • If the patient has a fever;
  • If the patient is coughing/wheezing, or has acute allergy symptoms which could be confused with anaphylactic reaction;
  • If the patient has a rash or is in the acute phase of skin reactions;
  • On days when the patient will be active in sports, practices or outside in high pollen seasons;
  • If the patient is currently taking beta-blockers or
  • If there is a fall in peak flow (for patients who do peak flow readings).

Allergy injections should also be 48 hours pre or post other immunizations.

Allergy injections can be given while a patient is on an antibiotic as long as the patient is not in the acute phase of an illness and the patient has been on the antibiotic for at least 48 hours.

If the patient becomes pregnant they must have approval to remain on shots from their OB/GYN physician. If approval granted there will be a reduction in the vaccine dose and they will go to a weekly vaccine schedule to decrease the risk of anaphylaxis.

The patient understands that despite appropriate precaution, reactions may occur without warning signs or previous symptoms.

Weather Policy

In the case of inclement weather our office will record a message on the phone telling our patients if we will be closed or if the hours have been altered. We do not follow the school systems closings so do not assume we are closed because schools are closed. Call our office to determine whether we are open or not. If we are open and you cannot make it to the office a courtesy call is appreciated.

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