Childrens Allergy Shots Question

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   Posted 6/4/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Posting for a friend ~
Her son is 7 years old and has all sorts of allergies for which he takes weekly injections of serum to inhibit the allergies (I'm guessing on how to phrase this) - she said the shots are to boost his immunity.
Her new insurance is wanting her to pay $20.00 EVERY WEEK in order for her son to receive the shot.
Couldn't she be trained by the nurse or doctor to give her son these injections Sub Cu on her own thus saving the money?!  That equals out to $80-100.00 a month, 1200$ a year, etc etc.
She was trained very briefly on how to administer the Epi Pen Injection for him - the nurse said "Stick it through his jeans right there" But didn't show her or point to the right spot, didn't tell her how deep to go, etc etc.
Does anyone have any experience with this?  If so, would you mind sharing how you went about getting that cleared from your doc's office and ordering the serum?
Thanks so much!!!

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   Posted 6/4/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth :) Has your friend asked the doctor if a nurse could train her? I also have a friend that does her own injections but her story might be a little different since she has other health issues that prevents her from leaving the house. I know many doctors want to do the injections in the office due to the possibility of allergic reactions.
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   Posted 6/4/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, she did ask Red - but they said no, since she doesnt have a medical background.

But that seems to make no sense to us because she was trained on the Epi Pen which is just for those emergency situations! So we're clueless as to how else to go about getting her trained, I'm thinking Red Cross at this point.


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   Posted 6/4/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in KY and although it's been a long time since I have taken allergy shots (they didn't work for me) I don't know of any physician who will dispense the medication to the patient because of the risk of a reaction.  You usually have to wait 30 minutes after the injection to make sure you don't have a reaction.  I take Xolair injections for asthma and it works the same way.
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