Medicines to Prevent Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection
Preventive medicines are usually used only for babies and
children who have a higher risk of having complications if they become infected
respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These medicines are
not used to treat someone who already has RSV infection.
Palivizumab (Synagis) is a medicine containing laboratory-produced
antibodies designed to help prevent RSV infections. RSV infections that develop
despite being given this medicine are usually less severe. Palivizumab is given
by injection into the muscle (intramuscular, or IM) once a month during the
When it comes to what the average person believes about colds, there seems to be as many misconceptions as cold medicines on a drugstore shelf. And now that the winter cold and flu season is in full swing, we turned to Thomas Tallman, DO, an emergency medicine physician and cold and flu expert at the Cleveland Clinic, to set us -- and you -- straight on prevention and treatment.
No standard preventive
immunization exists because there is more than one
type of RSV and many subtypes (strains). Researchers are trying to develop a
vaccine that is effective for the general population at a reasonable
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
July 9, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 09, 2010
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