AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County Medical Society and Dell Medical School held a virtual town hall Wednesday for colleagues to talk about the dangers of COVID-19 in children.
One of the key people at the event was a doctor who took care of a local teenager who got MIS-C or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children from the virus. KXAN profiled Nikko Dalesandro last month.
When he was 14, he contracted MIS-C due to COVID-19. He was sick for eight months, including close to a week in the hospital with a high fever, lump on his neck, fatigue and continued nausea.
“I know many little kids still can’t get vaccinated, and kids are affected by this deadly virus. I don’t want anyone else suffering for what I went through. I think I should be one of the last ones,” Dalesandro said.
When he first contracted COVID-19 and MIS-C, the vaccine hadn’t received government approval. Dalesandro has now been fully vaccinated and is urging others to do so.
“The CDC recommends vaccinations for patients with MIS history, but waiting 90 days,” Sarmistha B. Hauger, M.D., explained during Wednesday’s town hall.
Local doctors told KXAN they’ve seen an uptick in MIS-C cases in just the past week.
“Because we had so much COVID in the community in July and August, we expect now in September and October that those MIS-C cases are going to increase,” said Lynn Thoreson, D.O., associate professor of pediatrics at Dell Medical School.
Thoreson says she is still seeing many of the same MIS-C symptoms like fever and vomiting, but there are concerns about the impact of new variants.
“I think people had the question whether the delta variant would give us different symptoms with MIS-C so far we haven’t seen that, but it is something people are watching,” Dr. Thoreson explained.
The CDC has been tracking cases of MIS-C since reporting began last year. Georgia and California have had the highest number of cases with more than 300. Texas has had between 200 and 249 cases. Vermont is the only state that has not reported a single case of MIS-C.