What is RSV?
RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a common contagious virus that typically causes a cold-like illness with symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever, and decreased appetite. RSV infects nearly all children by age 2 and is the leading cause of hospitalizations in the U.S. In certain high risk infants it can lead to a serious infection causing bronchitis, croup, bronchiolitis and pneumonia which can cause devastating long term effects on these babies.
Who are high risk infants?
Some Infants born premature, with Congenital Heart Disease, Chronic lung disease, neuromuscular disease and/or respiratory anomalies are at a very high risk for complications if they get an RSV infection. We need to do everything we can to prevent RSV in these babies.
How can we prevent RSV?
RSV is spread by droplets large particles and fomites, and can survive on surfaces for up to 8 hours. We can reduce the spread of RSV with hand washing, use of alcohol based hand cleaners, and limiting contact with those infected with RSV. If possible, it is best to avoid taking your child to crowded areas such daycare, stores, church, parties, and family gatherings during RSV season which is usually November thru April. Another way to prevent RSV is to administer Synagis, a medication that prevents RSV.
What is Synagis?
Synagis is a monoclonal antibody that targets RSV and prevents against severe RSV disease. Synagis is given as a monthly injection to high risk infants thru RSV season for usually a max of 5 doses. Compliance and family education are very important to keep these children healthy. RSV is not an immunization and it does not provide lifelong immunity which is why it is important to receive doses on time.
What if my child does not meet the guidelines for Synagis or gets denied by our Health Plan?
Not all infants will be approved for Synagis, there are guidelines they may need to meet to be approved by Health Plans. Talk to your Pediatrician so you both can discuss whether your child should receive Synagis and what to do if your child is denied by their Health Plan.
For additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call our staff at Los Ninos Synagis Program at 602-424-4127.
Los Niños Synagis Clinic Locations
Phoenix: 2601 East Thomas Road suite 115, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Gilbert: 1400 North Gilbert Road, Suite N, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Tucson: 6632 East Carondelet, Suite 6632, Tucson, AZ 85710
Prescott: 3755 Karicio Lane, Suite 2-D, Prescott, AZ 86303
Flagstaff: 408 North Kendrick, Suite 3, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Denver: 2696 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 360, Denver, CO 80222
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