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Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby lauchlan » Wed Sep 15, 2004 06:31 am

by lauchlan (281 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 06:31 am

My Gracie is going to start getting this vaccine next month. Have any of you had children that took it? Any adverse side effects?

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby jenn » Wed Sep 15, 2004 07:13 am

by jenn (2038 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 07:13 am

Wow I almost forgot about Jai getting these.
I believe it's one a month through the rsv season.
And lemme' tell ya'- the shot and it's side effects are nothing compared to getting it.
Jai got rsv the following year and it was more scary than I could tell anyone.
Anyhoo, I found this info on side effects from it.
And Jai is a sensitive kiddo', She always gets stomach flu symptoms from shots- aren't I a lucky duck ;op But that's always the worst of it.
Best wishes with avoiding any ugly side effects.
Much love.


What are the side effects of Synagis?

Most infants who receive Synagis experience few or very minor side effects. Possible side effects include upper respiratory tract infection (cold symptoms), otitis media (ear infection), rhinitis (runny nose), rash pain, hernia, and pharyngitis (sore throat). After your baby’s injection, your nurse will observe your baby for 20 minutes, by checking your baby’s temperature, pulse, and breathing rate to see if he or she is experiencing any side effects.

Other possible side effects include:

Allergic reaction (ie: swelling, rash, excessive irritability
Prolonged tenderness at the infusion site
Nausea and/or vomiting
Diarrhea
After the injection, if your baby experiences any of the above side effects while at home or if you have any other concerns, call your doctor, nurse, or home healthcare clinician immediately


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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby mom2tori » Wed Sep 15, 2004 07:56 am

by mom2tori (3842 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 07:56 am

My daughter had three doses of the synagis shot. I didn't seem to affect her at all. We went into the clinic and they gave her the shot then we sat there for almost a half hour, the nurse came back in and did a vitals check and then we left. I think it was harder for me to see her get the shot then for her to actually get it. When we got her home she was fine, no apparent side affects and she was back to being her usual self. I am glad that she got the vaccine though since I am always so paranoid that she is sick, it gave me a little comfort to know that was one less thing I had to worry about. Hope things well for Grace and mommy!!

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby sarab » Wed Sep 15, 2004 09:28 am

by sarab (2950 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 09:28 am

Maggie was on Synagis all last winter. If I remember right, she started getting them the first week of October and got one every 28 days until the end of April. The time they start and the duration varies based on what part of the country you live in and what the RSV season is like there.

The shot is only good for 28 days, so little Gracie should get them no longer than 28 days apart. Of all the shots that Maggie has had, these were BY FAR the easiest! Oblviously, there was the initial poke, but within about 10 seconds she was always fine. I never noticed ANY side effects (not even low grade fever or anything).

The only "bad" part (that really wasn't that bad) is the waiting. We would get there and they would weigh her, and then go mix the medication, because the dosage has to be exact based on current weight. Then it had to sit for 20 minutes before they could give it to her. Then, she'd get the shot and, like Alissa said, we'd have to wait another 20 minutes to make sure she didn't have an allergic reaction. So the visit ended up taking a least an hour every time, but that was the only negative thing.

Good luck to you and little Gracie with these. I hope that they go a smoothly for you guys as they did for us!

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby anissa » Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:50 am

by anissa (47 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:50 am

My daughter, Olivia, alvso received Synagis from October through May. She didn't show any adverse side effects either. She showed more side effects from recieving the regular vaccinations. I also agree that the "hurry up and wait" was the only draw back.

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby aimeejane » Wed Sep 15, 2004 02:33 pm

by aimeejane (589 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 02:33 pm

I think the only lasting effect of Synagis that Nicky had was a horrid fear of his pulmonologist's office!! LOL He's fine now...loves going to the doctor. I agree that these were the easiest vacs he got...it's just that he had to get so many of them!

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby samarasmom » Wed Sep 15, 2004 07:01 pm

by samarasmom (560 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 07:01 pm

HEY LADIES QUESTION? What are the requirements for the RSV shot. My kids never had it though they werent preemies except for Samara and it was never brought up. Should I bring it up with her doc? Thanks ladies

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby raindrop » Wed Sep 15, 2004 08:14 pm

by raindrop (454 Posts), Wed Sep 15, 2004 08:14 pm

Wyatt had 3 last season and he never seemed to show any side effects either.

Sandra I catn recall all of the req. but the ones I remember are. born early (forget how much early it said) I think before 34wks but the 34wks had to have 2 other factors as well, such as like Wyatt a chronic respiriatory problems other kids in school, Oh I cant recall the other reasons, but those were the ones Wyatt fit under. If DH hadnt threw the paper away, I would know it all. They sent it to me telling me they were doing the paperwork for Wyatt for this season.

If you think she is at risk, it wouldnt hurt to ask, all the insurance or the docs can do is say she doesnt qualify. Good Luck

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby sarab » Thu Sep 16, 2004 08:46 am

by sarab (2950 Posts), Thu Sep 16, 2004 08:46 am

Sandra,

The huge drawback to Synagis is that it is EXTREMELY expensive -- ONE shot runs anywhere from $1000-2500 (dosage is based on wieght, so the bigger the kid, the more expensive), and that's EVERY 28 days. The baby has to meet very strict criteria for most insurance companies to even touch it. There are very stingy about who gets it and who doesn't. Maggie was born in June, and by July we were already filling out paper work to make sure everything was "cleared" by October.

If I remember right, we "qualified" for Synagis coverage because Maggie weighed less than 1500 grams at birth, was born before 32 weeks gestation, and had been on a ventilator for any period. I think, at least with our insurance, that kids born later than 32 weeks still qualified if they had chronic lung disease and other risk factors.

Like Donna said, it wouldn't hurt to ask your doc about it. Good luck!

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby samarasmom » Thu Sep 16, 2004 09:55 am

by samarasmom (560 Posts), Thu Sep 16, 2004 09:55 am

Thanks ladies. I am worried about Samara getting it. I read and always hear that the highest risk is for babies more than 4 wks early and Samara was 5 wks early.
RSV is so scary. Isaiah was 3 wks early and he didnt get RSV until last winter and my baby was extremely sick and had everything you could think of.He had RSV, bronchiolitis, strep, pnemonia in both lungs and double ear infections. He ran a fever of 104 for 7 days before he was hospitalized when he couldnt hold down a bite of popsicle for more than 5 min and no matter what form( oral or suppository) of Tylenol he got it didnt touch his fever. I am scared if Samara gets it since she is at increased risk for being sicker. I plan to ask next wk about the shots since I have to get my boys Flu shots and will ask if he feels she should have them. Thanks again

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