Tali - posted on 01/24/2009
We did, last winter. Our twins started them in October and had their last in April. No RSV for us. My 3-year old daughter had RSV twice and it was scary enough when she had it and she was full term. I definitely didn't want to risk it with our preemies.
Danette - posted on 01/24/2009
I highly reccomment the synagis shot if your insurance covers it. After 2 months of fighting the insurance company, my son started recieving them in Dec. He will have to get them until March or April, once flu season ends. RSV is a very serious and deadly disease, and I sure wouldn't do anything to risk my childs health.
Nicole - posted on 01/24/2009
My son was a 29 weeker, 11 weeks early. He got it the first and second year. Usually it is only the first winter after they are born, but my son was just under the guidelines they use. It is based on their weight, my son got his last shot last year and he was I think around 15 pounds and it was over $1000 bucks for it. But I would do it again, RSV is very deadly to the little ones.
My little guy got it every month, the first 6 months after he was born. I have no idea if it protected him from getting RSV from anyone. However I was not willing to risk it. He did not experience any side affects. He is a happy healthy 3 year old.
Brittany - posted on 01/22/2009
Thanks ladies!Ya i just didn't know how long it was out for yet and if she was going to be a ginnie pig for anything but i talked to a nurse and they said its been around for years and i should take advantage of it..I live in Canada so it's free .My daughter wasnt too premie, 32 weeks so she just makes the rsv list and they said ironicly most rsv cases r of full term babies ...So thanks again im deffinitly going to take advantage of this.
Crissey - posted on 01/22/2009
My son gets it. He actually just got it yesterday! I never had a second thought about whether or not he would get it. Anything that prevents him from getting sick. As long as insurance covers I say go for it. Without insurance it is about $850. I'm hoping his insurance will pay for it next year to but I'm not sure.
Dee - posted on 01/22/2009
My daughter is now 5 yrs old but we did get the shot for her until she was 3. Our daughter was an extreme preemie (27 weeker) and our high risk peds doctor felt it was very important. The dosage increases with size (of course)..our daughter started with one shot in one leg and increased to a shot in each leg...she really hated it but stayed healthy. We had to visit a pulmonologist for the shot and the cost was picked up by the state for those that couldnt afford it...it was VERY expensive. I am also leary of meds...and we took our daughter off of as much as we could as soon as possible...but I believed in this shot
Mandy - posted on 01/22/2009
My twin boys received the synagis shot their first year. It worked wonders. They didn't get rsv at all. The second year they did not receive it and got rsv. They were in the icu for 5 days. If you can get it, get it. It works. Rsv is so hard on their bodies. I was glad they got rsv the second year and not the first year. Who knows what would have happened.
Christina - posted on 01/22/2009
I did the first year but my new pediatrician said it wasn't necessary for the second year for my daughter's case.
I decided to have it done after talking to various nurses and doctors. I was wary because I'm always wary when I'm told something HAS to be done without any reason other than "it's the best thing." I'm also someone who questions the necessity of all of the vaccines kids are given. So you know I'm a skeptic and going through with synagis was a big deal for me.
My daughter had no side effects and had just two colds during her first year ... which I don't know was a direct correlation or not (how do you know if something is or isn't when it DOESN'T happen, lol?) but this year has had several colds. That's all totally normal, of course, well within what's expected for ALL little ones building immune systems. I haven't changed my habits or anything, either. She's being taken out the same amount as last year/being exposed to the same people. So who knows?
It seems to be a safe medicine -- even if it's made by a single pharmaceutical company that pimps it out -- but the best pediatrician I've ever met supports its use.
Hope that's a smidge useful ... and good luck!
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