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to your doctor about Synagis and your baby's health.
No. Though not a vaccine, Synagis [si-nah-jis] is an FDA-approved prescription injection of antibodies that is given monthly to help protect high-risk infants from severe RSV disease throughout the RSV season. Each dose provides protection for about 28–30 days.
If your high-risk baby is on Synagis, he or she will need one shot each month during RSV season. Your high-risk baby needs to keep getting Synagis as long as prescribed by your baby’s doctor. Talk to your doctor about what is right for your child.
Yes. No matter how your baby looks, a prescription for Synagis means he or she is at high risk for severe RSV disease. Remember, your high-risk baby may need help with protection from RSV. Your doctor will tell you when RSV season has ended and your high-risk baby can stop monthly Synagis shots.
While many health plans cover Synagis, the levels of coverage and the requirements for getting it can vary. If you're denied Synagis coverage or have questions about insurance, Access 360 TM may be able to help.
Call 1-877-778-9010 to hear about different support programs in place that you may be able to use.
Most high-risk babies won't need Synagis for a second season. But some babies are still at high risk for severe RSV disease in their second year and may need Synagis for more than one RSV season. Ask your doctor if your baby will need Synagis for a second season.
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The more you know about RSV disease, the better you can recognize the symptoms of RSV disease and help protect against it.
RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and/or pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the United States. In fact, almost all children get infected with RSV before they turn 2 years old.
Most babies with severe RSV disease suffer from mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. But in some cases, RSV disease can be more serious. Preemies and babies born with certain types of heart disease and those with bronchopulmonary dysplasia/chronic lung disease of prematurity are at high risk for severe RSV disease. This can lead to hospitalization due to serious lung infections such as bronchiolitis and/or pneumonia.
Like the flu, RSV is a seasonal virus. The season start varies from one part of the country to the next, but it usually starts in the fall and continues into the spring. In some parts of the country, such as Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Texas and Florida, for example, the length of the RSV season may be different. To find out when the season starts in your area, talk to your baby's doctor.
Most children with RSV disease suffer mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. For some high-risk babies, RSV disease can be more severe. Preemie infants born at 35 weeks or less and children 24 months of age or younger with certain heart or lung conditions are at high risk for developing a serious lung infection, such as bronchiolitis and/or pneumonia.
Some signs and symptoms of severe RSV disease include:
Like the flu, RSV can be spread by sneezing and coughing or by physical contact, such as touching or shaking hands. RSV can live up to 7 hours on countertops and other surfaces and spreads very quickly in daycare centers and crowded households. No wonder nearly all babies will have had RSV disease by the age of 2.
Here are some of the main factors that can increase your baby's risk for severe RSV disease:
Additional risk factors for premature infants may include:
Yes. RSV is a virus, and just like some other viruses, it is possible for your baby to get RSV disease more than once. After each RSV infection, your baby may become more immune to the virus, but he or she is never completely immune. There are many preventive measures that you can do to help ensure your baby doesn't get it again.
Unfortunately there is no cure for RSV disease; however, there are many preventive measures you can employ to help protect your baby from severe RSV disease.
No. Your baby cannot get RSV until he or she is born.
Synagis is a prescription medication that is used to help prevent a serious lung disease caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in children at high risk for severe lung disease from RSV.
Children should not receive Synagis if they have ever had a severe allergic reaction to it. Signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction could include itchy rash; swelling of the face; difficulty swallowing; difficulty breathing; bluish color of the skin; muscle weakness or floppiness; a drop in blood pressure; and/or unresponsiveness. If your child has any of these signs or symptoms of a severe allergic reaction after getting Synagis, be sure to tell your child’s healthcare provider or get medical help right away.
Synagis is given as a shot, usually in the thigh muscle, each month during the RSV season. Your child should receive their first Synagis shot before the RSV season starts, to help protect them before RSV becomes active. When RSV is most active, your child will need to receive Synagis shots every 28-30 days to help protect them from severe RSV disease for about a month. Your child should continue to receive monthly shots of Synagis until the end of RSV season. Your child may still get severe RSV disease after receiving Synagis. If your child has an RSV infection, they should continue to get their monthly shots throughout the RSV season to help prevent severe disease from new RSV infections.
The effectiveness of Synagis shots given less than monthly throughout the RSV season has not been established.
Possible, serious side effects include severe allergic reaction, which may occur after any dose of Synagis. Such reactions may be life-threatening or cause death. Unusual bruising and/or groups of tiny red spots on the skin have also been reported.
Common side effects of Synagis include fever and rash. Other possible side effects include skin reactions around the area where the shot was given (like redness, swelling, warmth, or discomfort).