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The goal of allergy injections is to increase your body's tolerance to allergens. By giving very small but gradually increasing doses of pure, natural extracts of the specific substances to which you are allergic, allergy shots gradually decrease your reaction to these allergens. This is a long term treatment, usually continuing over several years. Injections are started at once or twice weekly intervals, eventually progressing to a maintenance interval of once a month. Once reaching the maintenance interval, there will be times when a brief return to weekly injections may be necessary.