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  • Coronavirus information: 

    Below information reviewed October, 2021

    In the current global situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID–19), we understand many families have questions about the risk to children with diabetes. The risk of contracting the virus for children with type 1 diabetes is similar to the rest of the general population. Children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes are not considered to be immunocompromised. There have been some messages in the media that people with diabetes are more susceptible to COVID-19; however this is more relevant to older people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes (who often have additional health conditions / risks) and not children. All Children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes should be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have one of the very few and rare medical contraindications. These contraindication are NOT related to having type 1 diabetes. Either the Pfizer or Moderna Vaccines are acceptable for children and adolescents.

    Recent reports in medical literature indicate that symptoms of Covid19 in people with Type 1 diabetes are similar to symptoms in those without diabetes. However, as with any generalised illness in children with type 1 diabetes, more marked fluctuations in blood glucose levels can result. As usual, if your child with diabetes becomes unwell, the sick day management plan that includes regular monitoring of glucose levels, ketones and insulin dose adjustments, should be followed. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is an additional risk for people with diabetes who become unwell with any infection; please remember if your child is unwell, ketone levels should be checked regularly (regardless of BGL). Call your GP for a medical review for any illness, based on the government recommendations for illnesses with fevers or respiratory symptoms. If your child has symptoms of possible Covid19, they should have a swab to test for this and should stay at home with limited contact with others until the result is known. More information can be found at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

    Standard COVID-safe precautions continue to be recommended. These include the use of face masks where directed, taking extra care with frequent hand washing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, covering coughs and sneezes and avoiding contact with anyone with flu like symptoms and getting tested for COVID if any relevant symptoms are present. These symptoms may by respiratory symptoms but can also include an unexplained fever, diarrhoea or loss of a sense of smell.  

    RCH COVID-19 information

    Diabetes appointments: 

    Appointment are now available face to face or via telehealth https://www.rch.org.au/telehealth/.

    If you have an upcoming telehealth appointment and would like to change it to face to face, contact Specialists Clinics 9345 6180 

    Telehealth guide for outpatient clinic

    COVID Vaccinations:

    All Children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes should be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have one of the very few and rare medical contraindications. These contraindication are NOT related to having type 1 diabetes. Either the Pfizer or Moderna Vaccines are acceptable for children and adolescents.

    If proof of diabetes is required by the immunisation provider. A valid insulin prescription or your NDSS card should suffice. 

    NDSS products and diabetes medicines:   

    Diabetes Australia medicines and products

    Novo Nordisk statement on supply of insulin (Novo Nordisk are the makers of Novorapid, Levemir, Novomix 30, Actrapid)

    Essential information:

    COVID-19 may have added noticeable extra stress and concern to child, adolescent, yourself as a parent and your family in general as we continue to find new ways of interacting with our community and family. This is a new environment that at times is complex and difficult to navigate, some resources that can support you during this time are below:

    • Headspace have developed a range of online resources for young people and their families for COVID related stressors, anxiety and family conflict https://headspace.org.au/covid-19/

    Tuning in to Kids are evidence-based programs that have proven success in improving parenting, parent-child relationships and children’s emotional competence and behaviour https://tuningintokids.org.au/parents/subscribe-to-tikol/

    If in times of crisis and needing phone support after hours relating to mental health or distress, consider the following numbers:

    • Lifeline 13 11 14
    • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
    • Youth Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

    Useful links:

    Latest links from JDRF: 

    Important information about coronavirus for people living with T1D
    COVID-19 and children with T1D: Q&A with Professor Liz Davis
    COVID-19 and adults with T1D: Q&A with A/Prof Spiros Fourlanos
    An important message for parents of children with T1D from Professor Kim Donaghue