01 Feb '11, 1pm

Influenza A vaccine may cause child sleep disorder

HELSINKI: Children injected with the Pandemrix Influenza A vaccine were nine times more likely to contract narcolepsy -- or sleep disorder -- than those who were not vaccinated, a preliminary study by Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL, showed Tuesday. "Currently, the most likely explanation is that the increase in narcolepsy is by joint effect of the vaccine and some other factor(s)," THL said. The institute stressed in its preliminary study that more investigation was needed, but said young people aged four to 19 years old had a "manifold increased risk of falling ill with narcolepsy" if they had been inoculated against swine flu with Pandemrix. Finland launched an aggressive inoculation programme against the H1N1 virus in 2009, but last August THL recommended discontinuing the use of Pandemrix until it could study whether it was connected to a shar...

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