Swine flu vaccine causing sudden sleep disorder narcolepsy in children

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A swine flu vaccine which has been given to thousands of children in Britain may cause the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness and nodding off suddenly without warning.

With the swine flu vaccine GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix apparently causing the sleep disorder narcolepsy, the EU regulator — the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

In addition, the condition can also be linked to temporary muscle paralysis, hallucinations, and concentration-related problems.

Thus far, seven narcolepsy cases linked to GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix vaccine have been reported in the UK. Four of these reported cases involve children.

All packets of the vaccine Pandemrix will have to carry a warning about the risk following a ruling by the EU regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The EMA, which is currently investigating the effects of the vaccine, has also told doctors to weigh up the potential risks before injecting children against the deadly H1N1 virus.

Source: Health Newstrack, India

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