The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common cause of respiratory infections in infants, often leading to hospitalization in severe cases. To combat this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now recommended a new vaccine for infants, known as Nirsevimab. This long-acting monoclonal antibody provides passive immunization against RSV, ensuring infants have protection during their vulnerable early months.
In July 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Nirsevimab for this purpose. The drug is marketed under the name Beyfortus. This recommendation means that all infants under 8 months of age should receive this antibody shot, giving them a fighting chance against RSV, especially during its anticipated spread in the fall.
Such measures not only ensure the safety and well-being of infants but also reduce the burden on healthcare facilities during RSV season. The approval and recommendation of Nirsevimab mark a significant advancement in infant healthcare and the fight against RSV.
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