Tomorrow marks the first day of school for my kids. Sam will enter first grade, and Annie is heading to middle school. Along with homework and countless forms to fill out, I know they'll bring home lots of germs. It's a little too early in Virginia for cold and flu season to hit quite yet, but it's on the way - and with it comes respiratory synctial virus (RSV) season.
In most adults and children, RSV just causes a bad cold. In premature babies, though, RSV can be devastating. Luckily, many preemies will qualify to have the RSV vaccine, given monthly during RSV season. Your preemie may need an RSV vaccine if he or she was:
- Less than 28 weeks at birth, and will be less than 12 months old at the start of RSV season.
- Between 29 and 32 weeks at birth, and will be less than 6 months old at the start of RSV season.
- Between 32 and 35 weeks at birth, will be less than 6 months old at the start of RSV season, and has 2 other risk factors.
If you think your preemie may need the RSV vaccine, talk to your doctor about the best time to start the series of shots.