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Impact of COVID-19 in Kids & Teens: Hidden Toll of the Pandemic
Recorded On: 01/19/2021
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Per the Executive Board decision to make COVID-19-related content free to access, this webinar is free to attend live with on-demand access for 365 days. If you are not a member of ISTM and wish to register for this webinar, please select "Login", above, then click "Register" and choose the "Non-Member" designation in the dropdown menu.
This webinar is presented in collaboration with and with special thanks to ISTM's Pediatric Interest Group and Migrant Health Interest Group, with particular gratitude to the respective Chairs: Eyal Leshem (Pediatric) and Sapha Barkati (Migrant Health).
Even though young people make up a very small proportion of severe cases and deaths due to COVID-19, the impact of school closures, social isolation, economic hardship etc. in such a vulnerable population has been enormous. High-risk groups such as migrant children living in precarious conditions or in detention facilities bear a disproportionate burden of adverse outcomes due to the pandemic. Furthermore, rare but serious complications such as multi-systemic inflammatory syndrome can affect some children and adolescents. Vaccines will offer a way out from the pandemic, but data on safety and efficacy in younger population are still lacking, since they were not included in earlier studies and are not being prioritized to receive the vaccine.
Our experts will share with you the latest data on the effects of COVID-19 on children and adolescents’ health, and their insights on possible solutions.
By the end of this webinar, the attendee should be able to:
1. Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on migrant children and their families;
2. Recognize the clinical presentations of severe COVID-19 disease in children and adolescents;
3. Summarize the recommendations for safe travel with children during the pandemic, and;
4. Discuss the best vaccine candidates for this population and, if available, the most pertinent results of COVID-19 vaccine trials in children.
Professor of Pediatrics / Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician
Cohen Children’s Medical Center / Northwell Health, New York
Stefan Hagmann is Professor of Pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health, and a pediatric infectious diseases attending physician at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York where he is the medical director of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program, and the site director for the Northwell GeoSentinel and Global TravEpinet surveillance sites. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the International Society of Travel Medicine.
Dr. Hagmann earned his MD from the University of Hamburg, Germany and his MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After clinical training in Germany and the United States he settled in New York City. His clinical and research focus has been primarily on pediatric HIV care, and chronic viral hepatitis. Working with a very mobile immigrant population in the Bronx, he developed a special interest in travel- and migration related infectious diseases.
His current work involves community outreach, and the development of an improved access to travel health care in urban under-served immigrant communities. As a pediatrician and the current chair of the International Society of Travel Medicine Pediatric Interest Group, he is dedicated to improve the child traveler-related educational portfolio for community health practitioners, and to help grow the evidence base for pediatric travel medicine recommendations
Travel Health Consultant, Department of Travel Medicine
National Public Health Organization Greece
Biography to be updated shortly.
Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Royal Children’s Hospital and University of Melbourne
Mike Starr currently works at the Infectious Diseases Unit, The Royal Children's Hospital. Mike does research in Infectious Diseases, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Physician Training. His current project is 'Factors affecting the performance of doctors in high-stakes summative oral examinations required for specialty training qualifications'.
Susan Kuhn (Moderator)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Consultant in Infectious Diseases
Alberta Children’s Hospital, University of Calgary
Committed to comprehensive high-quality care for travellers, Dr. Susan Kuhn is the founder and Medical Director of Odyssey, which opened its doors in 2000. Trained in pediatrics, infectious diseases, as well as travel and tropical medicine, Dr. Kuhn has a pediatric infectious disease practice at Alberta Children’s Hospital, and sees adults in consultation for tropical infections at Odyssey. Dr. Kuhn is passionate about the health of travellers, immigrants and refugees of all ages.
Dr. Kuhn takes every opportunity to expand her horizons abroad through work, education, and leisure. It may be seeing the jungles of Costa Rica on her knees with a 3 year old; watching a breathtaking sunrise on the summit of Kilimanjaro; teaching residents in the hospitals of Vientiane; learning from local doctors in a malaria research station in Thailand; picking up some WWI history from her son in the Somme; or encountering sea snakes in the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar. She lives vicariously through her patients to learn as much as she can about the places she hasn’t yet visited.