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Issue date: Originally issued on 29-Jun-2021 12:07:42. This version was issued on 29-Jun-2021 12:07:42

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  • Director of Public Health
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Primary Care Networks
  • GP Practices 1

Action category: Action

Title: COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert - Palivizumab passive immunisation against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in at risk pre-term infants

Broadcast content:
***28 January 2022 - an updated alert has been issued.***

Palivizumab, administered as an intramuscular injection, is used to provide protection against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in at-risk patients, and has been shown to decrease hospitalisation in this group. 

It is currently part of a UK-wide immunisation schedule under guidance issued by Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which recommends its use in premature infants with conditions affecting the lungs and/or heart, and children with impaired immune systems. 

The UK rapid policy statement, which extends the eligibility criteria for passive immunisation with palivizumab (within the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic) to a further group of at-risk infants, has been updated to reflect the unusual seasonal presentation of the virus, and now allows for up to 7 doses to be administered. 

It is recommended that immunisation with palivizumab is initiated as soon as possible in line with the updated rapid policy statement. 

Alert reference: CEM/CMO/2021/014


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