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Is Synagis an RSV vaccine?

Is Synagis an RSV vaccine?

SYNAGIS [si-nah-jis] helps protect babies from RSV through virus-fighting antibodies. SYNAGIS is not a vaccine—it’s an injection given once a month throughout RSV season, which usually starts in the fall and continues into spring. The exact timing of RSV varies by location.

Do all babies get Synagis?

Should my child get Synagis? This medicine is given only to children under 2 years old at high risk for serious complications if they should get RSV. These children include: some premature infants who were born at least 5 weeks early.

What is palivizumab Synagis used for?

Palivizumab injection is used to help prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV; common virus that can cause serious lung infections) in children less than 24 months old who are at high risk for getting RSV. Children at high risk for RSV include those who were born prematurely or have certain heart or lung diseases.

Is palivizumab a Synagis?

Palivizumab (Synagis®) is a prescription medication that can be given to your baby to help prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections. RSV can cause a serious lung disease.

Is there a vaccine for RSV 2021?

There are currently no approved vaccines for RSV. However, many promising vaccine candidates are in clinical trials. A safe and effective vaccine could save many lives and prevent a significant number of hospitalizations.

Can adults get RSV?

Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-ul) virus can also infect adults. In adults and older, healthy children, RSV symptoms are mild and typically mimic the common cold. Self-care measures are usually all that’s needed to relieve any discomfort.

Why is rotavirus vaccine given?

Rotavirus spreads easily among infants and young children. The virus can cause severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Children who get rotavirus disease can become dehydrated and may need to be hospitalized. CDC recommends that infants get rotavirus vaccine to protect against rotavirus disease.

What is the J code for Synagis?

– Billing on the medical benefit requires submission of a claim form using CPT code 90378 for Synagis®, with required NDC and billing units incremental to each 50 mg dose administered (i.e. 100 mg = 2 billing units).

Who is eligible for palivizumab?

Palivizumab is FDA-approved for prevention of serious lower respiratory tract disease caused by respriatory synctial virus (RSV) in pediatric patients with hemodynamically significant congenital heart disease (CHD) and who are 24 months of age or younger at the beginning of RSV season (Medimmune, 2017).

How do you administer palivizumab?


  1. Palivizumab is given as an IM injection into the vastus lateralis muscle in the anterolateral thigh.
  2. If the dose is greater than 1 ml the volume to be injected should be given as a divided dose.

How much does palivizumab cost?

Given different dosing scenarios (two to five doses), birth month, and growth patterns for preterm infants 29–35 wGA, the estimated average 2016–2017 seasonal cost of palivizumab treatment ranged from $3221 to $12,568. Outpatient-only cost (excluding first dose at hospital discharge) ranged from $1733 to $11,862.

What happened to the RSV vaccine?

As of 2021, no licensed vaccine against RSV exists. Attempts to develop an RSV vaccine began in the 1960s with an unsuccessful inactivated vaccine developed by exposing the RSV virus to formalin (formalin-inactivated RSV (FI-RSV)).