RSV Immunization

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the new RSV immunization?

Beyfortus (nirsevimab-alip)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended Beyfortus to help protect infants at increased risk of severe illness caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Though RSV peaks regularly each year between mid-September through mid-May, it is generally persistent and can affect your child year-round. The Beyfortus immunization will provide protection from RSV for a full year.

The trade name of this immunization is Beyfortus. It is a long-acting monoclonal antibody product, which has been proven to reduce the risk of both hospitalizations and healthcare visits for RSV in infants.

Antibodies are part of our immune system and help us fight infections. Monoclonal antibodies are man-made proteins that mimic the antibodies that our bodies naturally produce. Making this immunization available means that babies will be able to receive antibodies to prevent severe RSV disease, providing a critical tool to protect against a virus that is the leading cause of hospitalization among infants in the U.S.

RSV is one of the most common causes of childhood respiratory illness and results in annual outbreaks of respiratory illnesses in all age groups. An estimated 58,000 to 80,000 children under five years of age, most infants, are hospitalized annually  nationwide due to RSV infection. A very small percentage of infections can lead to death in children less than five years of age.  

Beyfortus was approved by the FDA in July 2023 and is available at each of our care centers.

Most major insurances are required to cover the Beyfortus immunization, at no cost to you.

Who is eligible?

  1. It will be given to infants who are less than 8 months of age during this time.
  2. For infants 8-19 months of age, they are only eligible if they meet certain high-risk criteria.
  3. Other criteria may prohibit the administration of Beyfortus such as if they have received Synagis or if the mother received an RSV vaccination. Your medical provider will help determine if your baby is eligible for Beyfortus if there are any questions.

How do I schedule an appointment?

  1. Please call your care center and ask to speak with the scheduling team to determine if your child is eligible for Beyfortus administration and if your child’s insurance carrier will cover the cost.
  2. If not, you will be eligible to pay the out-of-pocket cost of $600 should you wish your child to receive Beyfortus.
  3. Your appointment will then be confirmed.