Concern over narcolepsy/vaccine link
[Posted: Sun 18/09/2011 by Deborah Condon www.irishhealth.com]
A group of parents who believe their children developed the serious sleep disorder, narcolepsy, as a result of receiving the swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, has officially launched a new support group.
SOUND (Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder) is made up of the families and friends of children who have been diagnosed with this disorder.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep/wake cycles normally. There is no cure for it and symptoms can include excessive daytime sleepiness , cataplexy (sudden loss of muscular/postural tone), vivid hallucinations during sleep or after wakening and brief episodes of total paralysis at the beginning or end of sleep.
However, according to Mairead Lawless, SOUND is aimed specifically at those who believe they developed it as a result of the flu vaccination. She claimed that over the last year, more than 20 children in Ireland have been formally diagnosed with narcolepsy and all received Pandemrix. The children are aged between six and 18.
The Irish Medicines Board has confirmed that it has received a number of reports of children who have developed narcolepsy and who were vaccinated with Pandemrix.
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