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COVID-19 & Down Syndrome Resource

Author: National Consortium - DSMIG-USA, Global, LuMind IDSC, NDSC, NDSS, NTG

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a national consortium of organizations has shared a document with information on COVID-19 and Down syndrome. The organizations in the consortium are the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA), Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global), LuMind I

Water Tracker

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout can be used to mark off how much water you drink each day.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

General Vaccine Information ​Individuals who are 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommendations based on a person's residence, occupation, medical conditions, and other fact

Celebrating Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

Updated November 2021 : We originally shared this resource in 2020 before COVID-19 vaccinations were available. The CDC has updated the page on celebrating holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic to include information that accounts for the availability of vaccines.  We have received

COVID-19 in Children with Down Syndrome: Data from the Trisomy 21 Research Society Survey

Author: Emes et al. - Journal of Clinical Medicine (2021)

Abstract Adults with Down syndrome (DS) are at higher risk for severe outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) then the general population, but evidence is required to understand the risks for children with DS, which is necessary to inform COVID-19 shielding advice and vaccination priorities.

COVID-19 Booster Shots and Third Doses

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

UPDATED 10/29/2021:  The physicians at the Adult Down Syndrome Center shared information about COVID-19 booster shots for individuals with Down syndrome in the article linked  here . 10/21/2021 : The CDC shared booster shot recommendations for the Moderna and Johnson & John

Information on COVID-19 Booster Shots from the Adult Down Syndrome Center

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD, Erin Dominiak, MD, and Hannah Graham, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

UPDATED 11/22/2021 The CDC expanded the list of people who  may  get a booster to include people age 18 years and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. UPDATED 10/29/2021 In October 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the re

Weight Management in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Weight management can be challenging. It is likely that part of the reason is that there are factors for which our understanding is limited. While a great deal has been learned, more research is being done to improve our understanding and to learn how that knowledge can be used for improved weight m

Risk Prediction of COVID-19 Related Death and Hospital Admission in Adults after COVID-19 Vaccination

Author: Hippisley-Cox et al. - The BMJ (2021)

Abstract: Objectives:  To derive and validate risk prediction algorithms to estimate the risk of COVID-19 related mortality and hospital admission in UK adults after one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccination. Design:  Prospective, population based cohort study using the QResearch da

Products to Assist with Portion Control

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Managing portion sizes of foods can be challenging for people with and without Down syndrome. Below are some products that may help with portion control. Many of these products can be found at retailers such as Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target/Walmart, and CVS/Walgreens.  Please no

Visuals and Videos About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Several organizations have created helpful resources about COVID-19 vaccines. We have provided links to some of them below.  VISUALS / PLAIN LANGUAGE RESOURCES Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine  (Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in Pennsylvania) After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine &a

Possible Causes of Regression in People with Down Syndrome during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a question about a man with Down syndrome in his late 30s. His family shared that he developed catatonia, was hearing people speaking in his head, and lost a significant amount of weight. The man had gotten a COVID-19 vaccine about one month before his symptoms started. His family wonder

Guide to Healthy Eating

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout uses a stoplight to help individuals with Down syndrome know what foods to eat everyday (green), sometimes (yellow), and on special occasions (red).

Guide to Healthy Drinking

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout uses a stoplight to help individuals with Down syndrome know what drinks to consume everyday (green), sometimes (yellow), and on special occasions (red).

DSMIG Response to CDC Mask Recommendations

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DSMIG-USA

In May 2021, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group shared a position statement titled "Response to Centers for Disease Control Mask Recommendations." This document shares information that people with Down syndrome and their families may want to consider in ligh

DSMIG-USA IDD COVID-19 Vaccination Position Statement

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DSMIG-USA

On December 16, 2020, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA issued a position statement on the COVID-19 vaccine. The position statement was updated on January 5, 2021 and again on May 28, 2021.     DSMIG-USA recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with Dow

Healthy Pace for Eating Handout

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual shows steps to take to have a healthy pace for eating. Take a bite, put the fork down, chew 5-10 times, swallow the food, take a small drink, pick up your fork and start all over.

Immune Response to COVID-19 Vaccines

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a question about whether the immune systems of people with Down syndrome produce antibodies in response to COVID-19 vaccines. I have shared the response I sent below.  The immune system's response to any vaccine is key to preventing infections. However, some people with

Post COVID-19 Life: What Does This Look Like and How Do We Prepare?

Author: Nicole Baumer, MD, MEd, Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L, Lina Patel, PsyD - National Down Syndrome Society Presentation

What does post COVID-19 life look like and how do we prepare? These questions were discussed in a presentation hosted by the National Down Syndrome Society during their virtual Adult Summit in April 2021. The presenters were three members of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA (DSMIG-USA)

Travel after COVID-19 Vaccination

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The information below was shared on April 12, 2021. For the most up-to-date information, please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at this link .  My family and I have been vaccinated. Is it safe to travel?  We have started to get questions simi

Dysgerminomas in Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a request for information on dysgerminomas in women with Down syndrome. Dysgerminomas are germ cell tumors that typically occur in the ovary. Testicular cancer is the comparable cancer in men with Down syndrome. Testicular cancer has been found to be more common in men with Down syndrome

Eating Refusal

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received the following question:  I have a son with Down syndrome. He had testicular cancer in his late 20s. Since then, he seems to have developed an eating disorder. He always feels he is too heavy (which he is not). I am working with a psychologist and a nutritionist. Do you have any

Tips for Being a Successful Employee

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout shares tips for individuals with Down syndrome to be successful in the workplace.

Medical Vulnerability of Individuals with Down Syndrome to Severe COVID-19 - Data from the Trisomy 21 Research Society and the UK ISARIC4C Survey

Author: Huls et al. - EClinicalMedicine (2021)

Abstract Background:  Health conditions, immune dysfunction, and premature aging associated with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome, DS) may impact the clinical course of COVID-19.  Methods:  The T21RS COVID-19 Initiative launched an international survey for clinicians or caregiver

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