Friday, November 6, 2009

RSV Shot

Lincoln was approved by our insurance to get the RSV shot. This is such a big deal because the shot is VERY, VERY expensive and when a baby gets them they have to have it once a month from November to March. So insurance companies and sticklers on who gets it and who doesn't. So they have a checklist of criteria that you have to meet and you have to fall under at least two categories. Babies who get priority are those who are in day cares, or have smoking parents. (Our nurse in the NICU told us that if they denied him the shot to tell them that we both just picked up smoking habits and have them reevaluate him :) hehe. The two criteria that Lincoln met was that his birth weight was under 4lbs (he was 3 lbs 6 oz.) and he was born under 32 weeks gestation. He was born at 31 weeks 5 days, so if he would've been born two days later he wouldn't have been approved for the shot. We've known for awhile that he's been approved but the clinic hadn't gotten the shot in. But I got called this morning by the Doctor that they have it now and he can get it next week! Yay! I'm so relieved that he can get it and that's one less thing we have to worry about.

For those of you who don't know, RSV is a respiratory illness that is just a bad cold in an adult for for a baby it can be very bad and for a preemie even fatal. Since most preemies have underdeveloped lungs, that makes them more at risk. RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

We are just so thankful that he can get it!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the RSV shot! I've been telling my husband from very early on, if someone asks him if he is a smoker... say YES! I want RSV shots for my kids too!!