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Old 02-10-2009, 02:37 PM   #11
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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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Old 02-10-2009, 03:34 PM   #12
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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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Old 02-10-2009, 04:02 PM   #13
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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.
Mama, with all due respect, I don't think you realize how fragile some of these kids are. And my DD can't tolerate breastmilk. She used to but her gut is so f'ed up at this point. I pumped and tube fed her my milk for 9 1/2 months but her overall care took over and I stopped pumping when it was obvious she was just going to puke it up and aspirate on it.

When you see your kid on a vent, or on cpap, or under an oxygen tent with a nasal trumpet stuck up their nose even when they are receiving breastmilk....then you may change your perspective on that.

But like I said, we don't do it but for other reasons. DD is going to die anyway. No reason to poke her every month. If she had a better prognosis I'd do it in a heartbeat.
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As others have stated....synagis (the RSV shot) is not a typical vaccine. It is basically antibodies to help prevent them from getting RSV. Kids have to meet pretty stringent criteria to even qualify to get it. More info:

http://www.synagis.com/how-synagis-works.aspx
http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/synagis_pi.pdf

That said, we don't vax and if I had a preemie that qualified, I would absolutely do it.
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:14 PM   #15
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This is someone who's baby had a brain injury similar to DD's from RSV complications. She was a healthy, breastfed 4 month old. I don't know if she had the shot or not (triplet, but homebirth, healthy and no NICU stay). When you see what RSV can do, you think maybe the possible side effects from the shot aren't all that bad...
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

My ds1 (31 weeker) had the shots. I would definitely get them for any preemie. RSV is nothing to play around with. In addition, I was a freak about not letting anyone touch the baby without washing their hands. I rarely took mine out when they were really little & when I did I wore them so no random people could touch or breathe on them. People love to touch them because they are so small & cute .
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My 1st DD was a 34weeker & I got the shot.
I am glad I did, RSV is no joke & being a preemie can make things worst.

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Get it. This isn't a vaccine. It's immunoglobulin.....antibodies. It has to be given every month cause it wears off in that time. Contrary to what pp said, it does prevent the disease because it is strictly antibodies (as opposed to a vaccine where it has to trigger the child's body to make antibodies). If I had a preemie and could get insurance to cover it, I'd jump at it. RSV is nothing to mess around with for even the healthiest child, for a preemie it is life threatening.
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Get it. This isn't a vaccine. It's immunoglobulin.....antibodies. It has to be given every month cause it wears off in that time. Contrary to what pp said, it does prevent the disease because it is strictly antibodies (as opposed to a vaccine where it has to trigger the child's body to make antibodies). If I had a preemie and could get insurance to cover it, I'd jump at it. RSV is nothing to mess around with for even the healthiest child, for a preemie it is life threatening.

I beg to differ. I was told by EVERY dr in the NICU and by the Synagis rep that came to talk to us while in the NICU that it does NOT prevent the disease but it HELPS to prevent. Big difference. IF it did in fact prevent RSV then my preemie three month old would not have RSV this very moment.
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Re: RSV vaccine for preemie?

My 28 weeker had to get the Synagis during the RSV season for the first year of her life. We avoid many vaccines but like many others have said, the Synagis shot is not like other vaccines. If I were put in the same situation again, I would definitely still choose to get them. My DS was born 6 weeks early and even though he spent 3 weeks in the NICU with a severe case of pneumonia, he was not offered Synagis. I must admit that I was very concerned. He had pneumonia 2x by 18 months of age....I was terrified to think of how he would handle RSV.

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