Cornerstone Health Solutions is dedicated to supporting you through your child’s respiratory syncytrial virus (RSV) prevention treatment. We are committed to helping you with financial assistance, providing you with thorough medication education, and being fully available to you to answer questions.
What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that usually causes symptoms of a mild cold. Almost every child will have been infected with RSV at least once before two years old. Most cases of RSV are resolved on their own in a couple weeks and can be managed with over the counter medications. However, in certain situations, RSV can cause more severe infections like bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways) and pneumonia. These infections can be so severe that some patients require hospitalization. Early symptoms of RSV include:
- Runny nose
- Decrease in appetite
Infants less than 6 months old with RSV may only show symptoms of:
- Decreased activity
- Decreased appetite
- Apnea (pauses in breathing)
Who is at risk of developing a severe RSV infection?
- Premature infants
- Infants less than 6 months old
- Children with neuromuscular disorders
- Adults over the age of 65
- Adults and children with a chronic lung disease
- Adults and children with a chronic heart disease
- Adults and children with weakened immune systems
How can the spread of RSV be prevented?
RSV is spread through droplets from infected people that cough or sneeze. You can get infected if these droplets come into contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth or if you touch a surface that the virus is on and then touch your face. The virus can also be spread through direct contact (i.e., kissing a child’s face). You can help prevent spreading RSV by:
- Covering coughs and sneezes with tissues or inner elbow sleeve
- Washing hands with soap and water
- Avoid kissing, touching, and sharing cups/utensils with others
- Clean contaminated surfaces (countertops, doorknobs, etc.)
If you have a child or family member who is at high risk of developing a severe RSV infection:
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Make sure they wash their hands frequently with soap and water
- Do not touch their face with unwashed hands
- Limit their time in contagious spaces as much as possible
Synagis is a specialty medication that can be used to prevent RSV infection in children who are at a high risk of developing severe disease from exposure.
What specialty medications do you offer to prevent RSV in children?
What should I expect from my child’s treatment?
Synagis is a medication that contains antibodies against RSV. Antibodies are proteins that fight bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances. Normally our bodies make their own antibodies against foreign substances. However, children at a high risk of having a severe infection from RSV won’t have enough time to make the antibodies they need before they get very sick. By treating these children with Synagis we can give them those antibodies before they come in contact with RSV and hopefully prevent them from getting infected. This medication does not treat an active RSV infection and is only used for prevention.
Synagis is injected into a large muscle once a month during RSV season up to 5 doses during that season. You may need to bring your child to their pediatrician every month for them to get their treatment. The most common side effects that your child may experience from this medication include rash and fever. Synagis is only approved for children that are less than 24 months at the start of RSV season.