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Pandemrix vaccine findings concern researchers. Medical experts in several Nordic countries allege they have found a possible connection between the influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine and narcolepsy. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health confirms 23 Norwegians are currently affected by the chronic sleep disorder, 19 of whom are children. The 2010-11 flu season was marked by 25 cases of H1N1, though most were not diagnosed. Medical personnel were put on alert about a potential new wave of Swine Flu earlier this year, following reports of two suspected cases

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Pandemrix vaccine findings concern researchers

Published on Monday, 18th July, 2011 at 15:42 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 18th July 2011 at 23:18.

Medical experts in several Nordic countries allege they have found a possible connection between the influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine and narcolepsy.

Pandemrix bottles
Pandemrix bottles
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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health confirms 23 Norwegians are currently affected by the chronic sleep disorder, 19 of whom are children.

The 2010-11 flu season was marked by 25 cases of H1N1, though most were not diagnosed. Medical personnel were put on alert about a potential new wave of Swine Flu earlier this year, following reports of two suspected cases

According to the authority, Pandemrix has prevented illness and deaths in Norway since it was introduced in 2009 amongst serious concerns for pregnant women.

Nevertheless, six out of ten Norwegians said they did not want to be vaccinated at the time, despite calls by the Institute for people to exercise social responsibility. Many parents in Norway did not participate in the mass vaccination of children.

The Institute issued information about possible side effects, and says today it “looks upon reports from Finland, Sweden, and Norway about a possible link between Pandemrix and narcolepsy in children as very serious.” Pandemrix was approved across Europe but the vaccine is no longer in use.

Health authorities are cooperating with the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to investigate the alleged Pandemrix-narcolepsy connection. Several studies are also being conducted in Norway to chart the situation, according to the Insitute.

“Serious adverse effects following vaccination are extremely rare. Rare side effects can only be detected when very many have been vaccinated. This is included in the overall assessment when new vaccines are used, and is also included in patient information,” says the Institute’s Geir Stene-Larsen.



Published on Monday, 18th July, 2011 at 15:42 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 18th July 2011 at 23:18.

This post has the following tags: pandemrixvaccineandnarcolepsy, h1n1influenzaa, swineflu.





  
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