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Frequently Asked Questions

Synagis FAQs

When it comes to a baby's health, every parent has questions. Take a look at the ones featured here and always remember to talk
to your doctor about Synagis and your baby's health.

Is Synagis® a vaccine?

How many Synagis shots will my high-risk baby need?

My high-risk baby looks healthy. Are monthly Synagis shots still necessary?

What should I do if my insurance won't cover Synagis?

Will my high-risk baby need Synagis for a second RSV season?

How do I get help for reminder appointments?

RSV FAQs

The more you know about RSV disease, the better you can recognize the symptoms of RSV disease and help protect against it.

What is RSV?

What is an RSV infection?

Is my baby at high risk for RSV disease?

What is RSV season?

How serious is RSV?

What are the signs and symptoms of a severe RSV infection?

How easy is it to catch RSV?

What could put my baby at risk for severe RSV disease?

Can my baby get RSV more than once?

Is there a cure for RSV disease?

Can my baby get RSV in the womb?

Important Safety Information

What is Synagis ® (palivizumab)?

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.

Who should not receive Synagis?

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.

How is Synagis given?

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.

What are the side effects of Synagis?

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).

Please see full Prescribing Information for Synagis, including Patient Information.