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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

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

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

COVID-19 & Down Syndrome Resource

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

On March 1, 2021, a new resource on COVID-19 and Down syndrome was completed by a national consortium of organizations: the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA), Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global), LuMind IDSC Foundation (LuMind IDSC), National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), Na

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

Visuals and Videos About COVID-19

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Several organizations have created helpful resources about COVID-19. We have provided links to some of them below.  VISUALS / PLAIN LANGUAGE RESOURCES Basic COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities  (Green Mountain Self-Advocates) Coronavirus: What Is It and What Ca

Visuals and Videos About Wearing Masks During COVID-19

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Several organizations have created helpful resources about wearing masks during COVID-19. We have provided links to some of them below.  VISUALS / STORIES / PLAIN LANGUAGE RESOURCES Wearing a Mask Social Story  (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative)&

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

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - COVID-19

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 Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. You can schedule in LiveWell, online, or by calling 866-443-2584. Please see this link for more infor

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

General Vaccine Information Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine   Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) Get Out the Vaccine  

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.    DSMIG-USA recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with Down syndrome or other intellectual dis

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

An International Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Author: Huls et al. - medRxiv (2020)

Update:  This article was peer-reviewed and published in  EClinicalMedicine , a publication of  The Lancet . The article can be found at this link . *This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed.  Abstract Background:  Health conditions and i

Celebrating Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

We have received several questions about how to celebrate holidays safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many of our answers, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. Many factors need to be considered when deciding how and with whom to celebrate. While the holidays will certainly look

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

COVID-19 Mortality Risk in Down Syndrome: Results from a Cohort Study of 8 Million Adults

Author: Clift et al. - Annals of Internal Medicine (2020)

The article linked below describes the findings of a study that evaluated Down syndrome as a risk factor for death from COVID-19 through an analysis of individual-level data in a cohort study of 8.26 million adults. It was published at annals.org on October 21, 2020. Full-text (no cost):  h

Clinical Characteristics of Individuals with Down Syndrome Deceased with COVID-19 in Italy - A Case Series

Author: Villani et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A (2020)

Abstract Background:  Persons with Down syndrome (DS) are presumed to be at high risk of severe CoVID-19 due to immune dysregulation and often compromised cardiopulmonary function. Aim of the present study is to assess epidemiological and clinical characteristics of individuals with DS dece

Tips for Being in Public During COVID-19

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout shares reminders of things we should do to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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