COVID-19 has also been linked to a condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Most commonly diagnosed among children ages 1-14 years old, MIS-C can cause inflammation in certain parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes and gastrointestinal organs. The cause remains under investigation, but many children with MIS-C have had the virus that causes COVID-19 or been around someone with the illness.
“I’d encourage parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible, both for the health and wellness of their kids as well as to protect family members and our community,” Dr. Carter says. “The vaccine has been shown to be both safe and effective, and widespread vaccination is the best way for us to put this pandemic behind us and get back to our normal way of life.”