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The New RSV Shot for Infants – What Parents Should Know

January 10, 2024 3:11 pm Published by

As parents, your child’s health is your top priority. We understand the concern you may have, and we’re here to help you protect your child against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Our clinic offers the new RSV shot, providing peace of mind by taking proactive steps to safeguard your child against this potentially serious illness. However, please be aware that due to limited vaccine supply, appointment availability is restricted.

What is RSV

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a common virus that can cause severe respiratory infections in some infants and young children. It is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory tract,RSV vaccine. particularly in infants and young children. RSV is spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the mouth and nose.

What Are The Symptoms of RSV

They can range from mild cold-like symptoms to more severe respiratory infections, such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia. In some cases, RSV infections can become life-threatening, especially for premature infants and babies with weakened immune systems.

The New RSV Shot

A new, single-injection shot aimed at protecting babies from RSV was recently approved by the FDA. Both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that all babies under 8 months and high-risk children under 19 months receive the newly approved drug called nirsevimab, marketed as Beyfortus, before or during their first RSV season (November through March).

Due to the limited availability of this vaccine, it is important that you make your child’s appointment as soon as possible.

Benefits of the RSV Shot:

  • Preventing Severe Illness: The primary benefit of the new RSV shot is its potential to prevent severe respiratory infections caused by the virus. By having your child get this shot, you’re reducing the risk of them experiencing the most serious symptoms of RSV, which can lead to hospitalization.
  • Protection for High-Risk Infants: Premature infants, babies with congenital heart disease, and those with chronic lung conditions are at a higher risk of developing severe RSV infections. The shot offers crucial protection for these vulnerable infants, helping to shield them from potentially devastating complications.

Limited Vaccine Appointments

There is a limited availability of appointments due to the limited supply of the RSV vaccination. In order to ensure that your child receives the required protection, we encourage parents to take action quickly and make an appointment. Although our staff makes every effort to serve as many kids as possible, appointments may fill up fast.

Have questions? Talk to your provider at Delaware Pediatrics

It’s natural for parents to have questions and concerns about any new RSV shot. Before deciding to vaccinate your child against RSV, it’s important to consult with your pediatrician. They can provide you with accurate, up-to-date information, address any concerns you may have, and help you make an informed decision about your child’s healthcare.

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