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Pandemrix was ‘a vaccine catastrophe’, health expert says. Company GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-Swine Flu vaccine reportedly left 1,449 Norwegians suffering from adverse effects, including narcolepsy. Medical expert Preben Aavitsland called the situation a disaster. “Pandemrix had a tragic outcome. Unfortunately it was impossible to know in advance”, he told NRK. 548 pandemic-vaccinated Norwegians have experienced serious side effects, new figures show. 382 of those affected by the vaccine were children, with nearly 42 percent of them having suffered severe health issues. 

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Pandemrix was ‘a vaccine catastrophe’, health expert says

Published on Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013 at 16:04 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 22nd January 2013 at 16:27.

Company GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-Swine Flu vaccine reportedly left 1,449 Norwegians suffering from adverse effects, including narcolepsy. Medical expert Preben Aavitsland called the situation a disaster.

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“Pandemrix had a tragic outcome. Unfortunately it was impossible to know in advance”, he told NRK.

548 pandemic-vaccinated Norwegians have experienced serious side effects, new figures show. 382 of those affected by the vaccine were children, with nearly 42 percent of them having suffered severe health issues. 

67 children and 17 adults developed narcolepsy and/or cataplexy after receiving the vaccine, the broadcaster quotes Norway’s Medicines Agency as saying.

The vaccine also reportedly caused other effects such as nausea, headaches, speech difficulties and depression.

Preben Aavitsland, who was responsible for monitoring contagious diseases at Norway’s Institute of Public Health in 2009 when the Swine Flu hit, cited studies in Finland, Sweden and Ireland.

He told NRK these concluded that children given the Pandemrix vaccine had a 10 times-higher risk of developing narcolepsy than adults, calculations he states that Norwegian experts had not carried out. 

The Institute of Public Health declares the current flu vaccine is not the same as the Pandemrix vaccine, and urges that those in risk groups such as those over the age of 65 or suffering from other health problems consider vaccination.

At the same time, director Camilla Stoltenberg added that there is always risk associated with vaccinations.

“The Institute can understand the fear of vaccines. And we cannot guarantee with 100 percent certainty that vaccines will not cause side effects,” she said to the broadcaster.

10 to 15 percent of Norway’s population will contract the flu each year on average, and the illness will pass without any need for medical treatment for most of these people. 

The 548 seriously affected Norwegians vaccinated with Pandemrix have been diagnosed as having 3,247 side effects, total. Many of these diagnoses also include short-term ailments, according to NRK.

“It’s complicated obtaining the comprehensive and complete connection. The side effects of the vaccine are based on a suspected causal connection,” declared Pernille Harg, senior Medicines Agency advisor.

“Narcolepsy following Pandemrix [vaccination] was completely unexpected and surprising, and a catastrophe,” Preben Aavitsland concluded.




Published on Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013 at 16:04 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 22nd January 2013 at 16:27.

This post has the following tags: pandemrix, swinefluvaccine, sideeffects.





  
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