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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

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 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

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

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

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

Taking Medication for Side Effects from the COVID-19 Vaccine

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

As with all vaccines, there is the potential to experience side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This is true for people with and without Down syndrome. These side effects may include pain or swelling on the arm where you got the vaccine, fever, chills, tiredness, and/or headache. These s

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - COVID-19

Updated:  11/3/2021 This page will no longer be updated. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, please see vaccines.gov . Updated:  4/15/2021 Advocate Aurora Health is now vaccinating anyone in Illinois and Wisconsin who is 16 and older - whether you are a patient or not - with the M

COVID and Down Syndrome Webinar

Author: Dr. Brian Chicoine and Dr. Andre Strydom - Matthew Foundation Webinar

On January 8, 2021, Drs. Brian Chicoine and Andre Strydom presented a webinar hosted by the Matthew Foundation in collaboration with the Stanford Down Syndrome Research Center. They provided an update on the Trisomy 21 Research Society COVID and Down Syndrome Survey and discussed the DSMIG-USA Vacci

Routines during the Pandemic

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

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, my first thoughts of concern for our patients and all people with Down syndrome were around the virus and the potential of becoming severely ill with COVID-19. We have learned much since then about those at higher risk of severe cases of COVID-19, and we continue

Tips for Running Virtual Social Groups

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Since April, staff at the Adult Down Syndrome Center have been hosting online socials and social skills groups via Zoom. Our goal is to encourage social participation and engagement while we maintain physical distance due to COVID-19. People throughout the country have contacted us with interest in

T21RS COVID-19 and Down Syndrome Survey

Author: Trisomy 21 Research Society - COVID-19 Taskforce

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trisomy 21 Research Society (T21RS) has conducted an international survey of COVID-19 in Down syndrome. Caregivers and clinicians of individuals with Down syndrome who developed COVID-19 are invited to complete the survey. The T21RS has shared the findings from

Dental Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

The information below was shared on August 25, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at this link   and/or the Mouth Healthy website of the American Dental Association at this link . Dental disease, especial

Q&A on COVID-19 and Down Syndrome

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

On March 26, 2020, a Q&A on COVID-19 and Down syndrome was completed by a consortium of national Down syndrome organizations: the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA), Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global), LuMind IDSC Foundation (LuMind IDSC), National Down Syndrome Congr

Types of COVID-19 Testing

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Link

COVID-19 testing is a common topic of discussion these days. There are two types of testing - viral and antibody. Viral testing indicates if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. This test is usually done with a nose swab. Antibody testing indicates if a person was infected with COVID-19 in t

Returning to School or Work in Fall 2020 [COVID-19]

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

The information below was shared on July 23, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at  this link . Many individuals with Down syndrome and their families have asked us questions about going back to school an

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

*Please note: This article discusses viral testing used to diagnose if an individual currently has COVID-19. This article does not discuss antibody testing used to determine if an individual was exposed to COVID-19 previously and developed some level of immunity to COVID-19 .  We have recei

Going to Public Places During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Many states and communities have lifted stay-at-home restrictions. We have received questions about whether it is safe to resume certain activities such as going to restaurants, getting haircuts, traveling, and more. Unfortunately, there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer. It depends

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