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Old 02-09-2009, 01:04 PM   #1
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RSV vaccine for preemie?

I'm a new and first time mom as of Jan 22, to a preemie born at 34wks6days.

My ped has suggested our 2 1/2wk old get the RSV vaccine. So far I think this is a good call even tho the only time she gets out is going to the Dr office (lots of floating germs there for either of us to be exposed to).

But, being a new mom, I wanted to come here to post and ask if there might be a reason it's not a good call?
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

I would first find out if your insurance covers it I "think" its like 1200. Ive only had friends w/ preemies never one myself.

I HATE going to the peds office with a newborn. If you choose to give it make a first thing appt so the other kids arent there yet
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:49 PM   #3
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

ugh my son caught RSV from the ER so stay away from there too! He was 13 months old though.

I would be tempted also though I am pretty anti-vax. GL making your decision!
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:05 PM   #4
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

If you do it, see if they'll have a nurse come to the house to give the shot. I wouldn't want to go into the pedi's office every month...it would probably do more harm than good!

The thing about synagis, is it's not like a regular vaccine. I don't know the specifics, but it's not going to have all the possible side-effects as say, the MMR or DTaP.

I'm sure it still has SOME possible side effects, but I'd feel comfortable giving it and we don't vax at all. DD only doesn't get it because we've chosen not to advance her care beyond this point.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:27 PM   #5
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

My lo got it for her first 3 years. She wasn't a preemie, but had enough medical issues that it was covered. I'd get it again for any kid of mine eligible. Check with the insurance company though, and if necessary your docs office can plead your case with them if you decide to get it. It's super expensive.
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

Also, keep in mind it's not a vaccine like we normally think of vaccines - it doesn't even attempt to provide immunity; it boosts the overall immune system.

If you have a preemie and are eligible, I'd get it. They tend to get sicker, easier, particularly the first year or so.

You can probably get your county nurse to come weigh your baby and give the shot - they need a weight every time to make sure they get the right dose. That way you'd have fewer exposures to the doctors.
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

I would absolutely get this - it's not really a vaccine as the PP said - it provides a layer of immunity and it's only good for 30 days - meaning, you will have to get the shot every 30 days until RSV season is over.

As far as getting the approval my doctors office got that before it was ever given. A nurse did come out to my house to give the shots - again insurance decided how the shots were given (in house, at pedi office, or at a pulmonolgist office).

Also, your neonatologist can send in the recommendation as well - we had our first shot before ever leaving the hospital.

Good Luck and congrats on your preemie - how big is she now?
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I personally wouldn't. Vaccines are hard enough on the system, and to give them to a baby who is tinier than others and every thirty days.....it's just a lot of toxins to overwhelm such a small person.
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I personally wouldn't. Vaccines are hard enough on the system, and to give them to a baby who is tinier than others and every thirty days.....it's just a lot of toxins to overwhelm such a small person.
It's not that kind of vaccine. Like PP have stated, it basically boosts the immune system. If my LO was approved for it, I'd get it and we don't vaccinate.
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It's not that kind of vaccine. Like PP have stated, it basically boosts the immune system. If my LO was approved for it, I'd get it and we don't vaccinate.
I think the best kind of immune booster is breastmilk. I would not inject my premature infant with this. Synagis does not prevent RSV...just lessens the severity if they do get it, if I am not mistaken.

Avoiding hospitals and offices where sick kids are also helps

Ultimately, it's your decision OP, trust your instincts. If you feel it is safe, go for it.

I am just stating what *I* would do.
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