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Your high-risk baby and Synagis

What you need to know about Synagis and your high-risk baby

It's important to speak with your high-risk baby's doctor about your baby's risk of getting severe RSV disease. Your doctor may take steps, including prescribing and getting your high-risk baby started on Synagis, to help protect against severe RSV disease.

I'm just learning about Synagis
and severe RSV disease

I haven't spoken to my baby’s doctor about Synagis or severe RSV disease.
What should I do?

Learn about who's at high risk for severe RSV disease
  • Babies born prematurely at 35 weeks or less
  • Babies born with certain types of heart disease
  • Babies with certain types of chronic lung disease
Talk to your doctor about your baby's risk and how Synagis may help to protect him or her
from serious lung infection caused by RSV.
  • Synagis may be right for your baby if he or she is at high risk for severe lung disease from RSV
  • Synagis is not for children who have had a severe allergic reaction to it in the past
Signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction could include:
  • Severe rash, hives, or itching skin
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
  • Closing of the throat, difficulty swallowing
  • Difficult, rapid, or irregular breathing
  • Bluish color of skin, lips, or under fingernails
  • Muscle weakness or floppiness
  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Unresponsiveness

My high-risk baby's doctor
recommended Synagis

My doctor prescribed Synagis for my high-risk baby.

What should I do next?

Get all of your high-risk baby's Synagis appointments on the calendar.
  • Try to schedule all of your high-risk baby's Synagis appointments for the RSV season up front
  • Get every dose that your doctor prescribes
  • Plan ahead so you can stay on track. Missing or delaying just one shot could put your high-risk baby at risk for severe RSV disease

Want to learn more about a program that can help you stay on track with therapy?

Understand how Synagis works.

Synagis is not a vaccine; it works differently. Synagis gives your high-risk baby a dose of virus-fighting substances called antibodies to help prevent severe RSV disease. Each dose is needed every 28–30 days, so you don’t want to skip or postpone any shots.

Your child should receive their first Synagis shot before the RSV season starts to help protect them before RSV becomes more active. If the season has already started, your child should receive their first Synagis shot as soon as possible to help protect them when exposure to the virus is more likely.

My high-risk baby
is already getting Synagis

My high-risk baby has started on Synagis. What should I do next?

Get every dose of Synagis your doctor prescribes—even if your high-risk baby looks healthy.
  • Every shot your doctor prescribes is essential if you want to help protect your high-risk baby from severe RSV disease throughout the RSV season
  • Remember that each dose of Synagis is needed every 28–30 days to help provide protection from severe RSV disease, so you don't want to skip or postpone any shots
  • If your child misses a dose, talk to your baby's doctor and schedule another injection as soon as possible

To learn more about a program that can help you stay on track with therapy

Don't assume RSV season is over when springtime comes around.

RSV season usually starts in the fall and continues into spring, but it can differ from place to place. Your doctor will tell you when RSV season has ended in your area.

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.