What is RSV?
RSV is a highly contagious virus that can lead to respiratory illness in babies, including lung infections. Without a fully developed immune system, all babies under 1 year – even healthy ones – are at serious risk of getting RSV.
RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization in babies under age 1.
RSV is most common during winter virus season (November-March) but can vary by local areas.
RSV can go from cold-like symptoms to hospitalization in less than a week.
2 out of 3 babies will get RSV by age 1.
RSV spreads when droplets from a cough, sneeze, or infected surface get inside the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Babies are 16x more likely to be hospitalized with RSV than with the flu.
When will Beyfortus be available for my baby?
Now that Beyfortus has been approved by the FDA, we are working hard to get it into the hands of doctors around the country to prevent a serious lung disease caused by RSV.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Your child should not take Beyfortus if your child has a history of serious allergic reactions to nirsevimab-alip or any of the ingredients in Beyfortus.Before your child receives Beyfortus, tell your healthcare provider about all of your child’s medical conditions, including if your child:
- has ever had a reaction to Beyfortus.
- has bleeding or bruising problems. If your child has a problem with bleeding or bruises easily, an injection could cause a problem.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines your child takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Your infant should not receive a medicine called palivizumab if they have already received Beyfortus in the same RSV season.
Serious allergic reactions have happened with other medicines like Beyfortus. Get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
- swelling of the face, mouth, or tongue
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
- bluish color of skin, lips, or under fingernails
- muscle weakness
- severe rash, hives, or itching
The most common side effects of Beyfortus include rash and pain, swelling, or hardness at the site of your child’s injection. These are not all the possible side effects of Beyfortus. Call your healthcare provider if you have questions about side effects.
- Newborns and babies under 1 year of age born during or entering their first RSV season.
- Children up to 24 months of age who remain at risk of severe RSV disease through their second RSV season.