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Insight: Evidence grows for narcolepsy link to GSK swine flu shot
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Jan 22, 2013
Emelie Olsson is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she’s often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living.
Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.
Finland, Norway, Ireland and France have seen spikes in narcolepsy cases, too, and people familiar with the results of a soon-to-be-published study in Britain have told Reuters it will show a similar pattern in children there.
Their fate, coping with an illness that all but destroys normal life, is developing into what the health official who coordinated Sweden’s vaccination campaign calls a “medical tragedy” that will demand rising scientific and medical attention.
Europe’s drugs regulator has ruled Pandemrix should no longer be used in people aged under 20. The chief medical officer at GSK’s vaccines division, Norman Begg, says his firm views the issue extremely seriously and is “absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this”, but adds there is not yet enough data or evidence to suggest a causal link.
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 Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/22/us-narcolepsy-vaccine-pandemrix-idUSBRE90L07H20130122
 GSK Swine Flu Shot Sparks Another Case of Life-Threatening Narcolepsy: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gsk-swine-flu-shot-sparks-another-case-of-life-threatening-narcolepsy.html
 Finland vows care for narcolepsy kids who had swine flu shot: http://www.prisonplanet.com/finland-vows-care-for-narcolepsy-kids-who-had-swine-flu-shot.html
 Narcolepsy cases rising after swine flu vaccine: http://www.prisonplanet.com/narcolepsy-cases-rising-after-swine-flu-vaccine.html
 Swine flu shots linked to narcolepsy in Sweden: http://www.prisonplanet.com/swine-flu-shots-linked-to-narcolepsy-in-sweden.html
 Swine flu vaccines cause 17-fold increase in narcolepsy, horrified scientists discover: http://www.prisonplanet.com/swine-flu-vaccines-cause-17-fold-increase-in-narcolepsy-horrified-scientists-discover.html
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