Pandemrix Vaccine Triggers Narcolepsy

Pandemrix Vaccine Triggers Narcolepsy

According to a new research, swine flu jab known as pandemrix vaccine triggers narcolepsy in children. It has been found that out of 55,000 doses delivered, one child suffers from the condition.

It was learnt that the drug put the children at a 14 times greater risk of being affected by the said disorder. Pandemrix was the main vaccine used in the UK during swine flu breakout three years ago. It was, then, delivered to some six million people belonging to high risk groups like children, people with diabetes, heart disease and asthma and pregnant women.

The epidemic was at its height between October 2009 and March 2010, and during that time children between six months and 16 years of age were given the jab. It was found that the children given this vaccine were at a higher risk of developing the disorder.

Similar findings were observed in other European countries too. "This risk may be overestimated by more rapid referral of vaccinated cases. Long term follow up of people exposed to Pandemrix is needed before we can fully establish the extent of the association", said Professor Liz Miller, the lead Author and, a Consultant Epidemiologist with the HPA.

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes the sufferer to fall asleep unexpectedly and frequently. It is an autoimmune disorder when a body's immune system attacks healthy tissue by mistake.