Dear Arbor Families-
As you may have seen in the news, there are a few very exciting developments coming up this fall that will help us keep our patients healthy. One is the RSV shot, Beyfortus. The other is the new COVID vaccine. We wanted to update you on these options and our efforts to have them available to our patients as soon as possible.
RSV Shot for Infants (Beyfortus)
What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common viral illness that can cause runny nose, cough, and fever. In infants and the elderly, RSV can cause severe symptoms requiring hospitalization.
What is the RSV shot for infants?
Beyfortus is a new medication geared at protecting infants and high risk children under 24 months of age from severe disease caused by RSV. It is a monoclonal antibody which provides antibodies that can protect children from getting infected by this dangerous virus. In clinical trials, it’s been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and healthcare visits by about 80%.
Who: All infants, newborn to 8 months old at the onset of the RSV season. In addition, high risk children under 24 months are eligible for one dose (high risk conditions include: cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease of prematurity, severe immunocompromise)
Dosing: The medication is given in one injection and provides protection for up to 5 months
When: Orders for Beyfortus have started and delivery expected in coming weeks. As soon as we receive our shipments, we will provide more information to eligible families about scheduling administration. Continue to check back on our website for more info.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, FDA and CDC have recommended everyone 6 months and up receive the new COVID vaccine this fall.
We agree with and support these recommendations and are excited to offer these vaccines in our office.
We will have covid Pfizer vaccine for infants starting at 6 months of age and up to teen years arriving in our offices in early November. Check back to our website for more information about scheduling administration at end of October.
Please let us know if you have any questions for us. Our goal as your child’s pediatrician is to keep your child safe and healthy, and we believe both of these shots will be an important way to keep our little ones healthy this winter.
All our best,
The Pediatricians and Providers of Arbor Medical Partner