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Food Allergies

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Universities present lifestyle challenges due to being located away from families and family medical teams (even if only a few miles), cafeteria dining, exposure to alcohol, change in pace of activities and stressors. You may have considered many of these factors already, but if you have not you may begin to think about how these will affect the management of your allergies. 

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There are resources at Stanford available to assist you along this transition.  Vaden Health Center is available to provide Primary Care Services.  In addition, Vaden offers general nutrition and wellness counseling as well as Counseling and Psychologic Services (CAPS).  The Continuity of Care Nurse at Vaden is available to assist you with managing your medical needs. You may contact her at 650.725.0984 for help obtaining the care you need while on campus.

Some things to consider as you prepare for Stanford

Topic Recommendations


  • If you have an allergy to a medication, make sure that information has been provided to the Vaden Health Center by completion of your entrance medical form health history.
  • If you use an Epi-pen, make sure you bring a supply with you and keep it on you at all times.
  • A Walgreens Pharmacy is located at Vaden Health Center.  You may use this pharmacy for your medications.  In addition, there are other pharmacies located within 1 mile of campus. 
  • Never take anyone else’s medication.


  • Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Stanford Dining offers accommodations for students with food allergies and specialized dietary requirements through the Food Allergies @Stanford program. To learn more about Food Allergies @Stanford visit Eat Well Stanford or email the Stanford Dining nutrition team.


  • If you are not planning to sign up for Cardinal Care Insurance, you should check to make sure your current insurance covers care at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Specialty Clinics.  If it does not, we strongly encourage you to enroll in Cardinal Care. This is especially important for students with pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Undergraduate students on full financial aid should check with the Financial Aid Office at 888.326.3773 regarding coverage of the cost of Cardinal Care prior to making a decision to waive coverage.
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Medical Condition Note

If your medical condition has specific treatment recommendations from your current provider, we recommend that you request a Transition of Care Summary from your current clinician. This document should include:

• Your diagnosis with ICD-10 code
• Your current status
• A brief history of treatments including those which failed
• Recommendations for care while at Stanford (including medical management and diagnostic tests)