Topic: Tests & Procedures
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about Synagis injections. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT IS SYNAGIS?
It is a medicine that can help prevent RSV infection in babies that are at risk. The medicine is given by an injection (shot) once a month for four or five months from fall to spring.
WHAT IS RSV?
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is one of the most common viruses we see in the fall and winter seasons. RSV usually causes only cold-like symptoms in older children and adults but it can make premature babies and those with chronic lung disease very sick.
WHAT KIND OF REACTION CAN MY BABY HAVE?
We do not expect your baby to have any problems from today’s injection (shot). Any injection can cause soreness at the site. Only 3 out of 100 children will have some mild redness at the injection site. True allergic reactions are possible but very, very rare.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL MY DOCTOR?
Call your physician if your baby develops any of the following:
- excessive redness, swelling or pain at the site of the injection
- any other new, widespread rashes within 24-hours after receiving the injection
If you feel the symptoms are serious and you are concerned for your child’s safety, seek emergency attention at once at the closest emergency room or call 911.
WHAT IF MY BABY IS FUSSY FROM SORENESS AT THE INJECTION SITE?
You can give acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol®) or Ibuprofen (Children’s Motrin® or Advil®) for soreness at the injection site. Use the dose recommended on the package or ask your pharmacist for the correct dose for your baby. Do not give any aspirin or aspirin-containing products.
WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE?
Call your physician’s office immediately and discuss the missed injection with them. It is strongly recommended that the injections be given on a monthly basis. The benefit of the medication only lasts approximately 30-days. If a dose is missed, your baby is at risk for getting RSV.
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