If your baby is at risk for severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), we can help! During the fall to spring high-risk RSV season, a registered nurse is available to visit you at your home to provide the FDA-approved medication Synagis to your baby with a physician’s order.
Babies are at risk for severe RSV if they:
- Are born prematurely at 35 weeks of less
- Are born with heart disease
- Have chronic lung disease
- Have other chronic medical conditions
What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (sin-SISH-shul VI-rus), or RSV, is a common, seasonal, easily spread virus. You’ve probably had RSV and thought it was just a bad cold. In fact, nearly all children will get their first RSV infection by age two.
Most people with RSV suffer moderate to severe cold-like symptoms. For some babies, RSV can be more serious—it's the #1 cause of hospitalization in infants. Premature babies and babies born with a heart or lung condition are at higher risk for severe RSV disease, which can lead to serious lung infections and even death.
What is Synagis?
Synagis is an FDA-approved medication prescribed by doctors to prevent serious respiratory illness in infants “at-risk”. If your child was born prematurely or has a history of lung or heart disease, he/she may be eligible to receive Synagis at your home by a registered nurse. Medi-cal and many insurance companies will pay for Synagis.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Call the Synagis Coordinator at Palomar Health Home Care: 760.796.6874.
RSV disease can progress very quickly so it is very important to take all precautions and consult your pediatrician at the earliest onset of RSV symptoms. Although there is no specific treatment for RSV infection, infants at risk can receive medication to help prevent serious RSV disease.
Tips to Keep Your Baby Healthy
RSV disease occurs most often between the months from fall through spring. The RSV virus is highly contagious, especially for high-risk infants. Here are some tips to help keep your baby healthy:
- Always wash your hands with warm water and soap just before holding your baby, and make certain that relatives and other caregivers do the same.
- Minimize contact with your baby if you have a cold or a fever.
- Try to keep older brothers and sisters away from your infant if they have a runny nose, cold, or fever.
- If possible, keep your infant away from crowded areas such as shopping centers, movie theaters, churches, school classrooms, and daycare facilities.
- No smoking or second hand smoke around your baby.
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