Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby pugmommy7 » Fri Nov 05, 2004 07:35 am

I get nervouse with all vaxx's.
We do them,(some delayed) but often with a heavy heart and our fingers crossed.
I just hate hearing the horror stories.
Luckily we've never had any reactions.
Bella has synegis for 5 months.
The following RSV season she did not.
We have been fine.
Lina didn't meet the requirements, and stays well, thank goodness!
Glad to hear it went well w/ ds.

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby raindrop » Mon Oct 11, 2004 07:49 pm

Wyatt just got his first dose of the synagis on the 7th and he didnt have any bad reactions far as i know.. ju his leg was a little sore for a day or 2 and he really disliked being held down, which he doesnt like for anything at all.

But now we are going thru some croup... as my DD caught it at school and we are pretty sure that DS is coming down with it tonite.. as far as the cough of it anyways and the temp too. But this wasnt related to his shots.

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby patricks mommy » Fri Oct 01, 2004 10:26 am

Patrick had the shots over the fall/winter months every 28 days during his first year. A nurse came to our house and would weigh him and take his vitals, mix the medication and give him the shot. It was nice that we didn't have to go into the drs office for it. He never had any adverse reactions to it. He disliked my sister for awhile because she looked a little like his nurse, but they both got over it[:)]

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby meg hanrahan » Fri Oct 01, 2004 10:18 am

Isabella had synegis shots from December 2002 through April 2003. She didn't have any adverse reactions to the shots. Yes, the shots are expensive, but thankfully we didn't have to cover any of it. I'm not sure what our doctor said to our insurance to get it covered but there wasn't ever any issue of us paying. We do have really good insurance though so that could be it too. REgardless of cost, you should have the shots because you do not want your preemie getting sick!

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Katie 4/21/2004 (full term, no pe)

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby iansmom » Thu Sep 30, 2004 07:32 pm

Ian got synagis from April 02 - April 03 and then Sept 03 through April 04. No side effects. He was hospitalized with RSV in January 03, but had a mild case thanks to the vaccine. And, as for the cost - thank goodness for insurance & a good pediatrician. My insurance wouldn't pay for off-season doses (May-Sept), so his doctor gave it to him for free when he first came home in April 02. That was when we knew we had picked the right doctor!

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby hannahsmom » Thu Sep 30, 2004 03:43 pm

Hannah had Synegis shots her first two winters. She was born in August and released from the NICU in December, in the middle of RSV season, so she got them I think from October - April or May. Then the next winter she got them too, just as a precaution. I can't remember any side effects, except the ridiculous price! I think we had to pay a $25 copay for each one - that beats the actual price tag of $1700 per shot!!

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby youtan » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:11 am

RSV shots. Both my boys had them. It was a HUGE fight with the insurance company getting Jonathan shots. He was born at 32 weeks so barely met the minimum requirements. He only took the shots his first year. My first child met ALL the requirements and had the shots, I think for 3 years. We were lucky and neither boy ever had RSV.

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby maxs mom » Mon Sep 27, 2004 03:21 pm

Max had RSV shots his first year. And surprisingly the Pedi wants him to have shots this year too. He hasn't had any breathing problems in the last 6 months, but the Pedi said she will put the fear of god in the insurance company that if they don't give him the shots, he will end up in the hospital, and that will cost them a lot more. We have really good insurance, so I don't think it will be a problem getting the shot. And I read some where if the child has a heart defect (Max has pulmonary stenosis, narrowing in a valve) they can also qualify. So maybe he qualifies under that condition. Either way, it is your doctor who needs to work with the insurance company to get this covered, they are always more effective.

As for the original question. Max never had an allergic reaction to the shot, and we have never had to wait 20 mins after the shot to see if he had a reaction. My understanding was the wait after was only during the early days of Synagis, so I am surprised to hear so many of you have to wait. We do have to wait the 20 mins after max is weighed, but we usually spend this time feeding him. And technically, the shot isn't a vaccine. It is considered more like a flu shot. It releases antibodies into the system that fight the virus. It lasts for 30 days max, so most babies are on a 28 day schedule so they avoid hitting weekends on the shot schedule. Your baby can still get RSV even if they have the shot, but the symptoms are usually less than they would be without them. And as someone mentioned, the year after your baby finishes the shots, a parent needs to be extra deligent. Because they baby has not had the virus on their own, they have not made any antibodies on there own, so they are at an increased risk of getting RSV a little worse than other children who are not preemies. I say this only to remind parents to be cautious when there child is sick with any breathing difficulties and be sure to get them to the pedi as soon as they suspect something is not right.

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Re : Synagis (RSV) Vaccine

Postby samarasmom » Fri Sep 24, 2004 11:57 am

Yeah that is what the doc suggested. He wants her to get it also since she is having breating trouble. He put her on the apnea monitor and he will get a reading next month so well see if that makes a difference or not. She probably wont since she is doing so good otherwise and is growing like a weed. 5 pds in 2 months.WHew

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