Evidence Grows for Narcolepsy Link to GSK Swine Flu Shot

(Reuters) – 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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  • Bob

    Deep Pockets Pharma scores again…GlaxoSmithKline….that name certainly rings a bell. Seems I read several years ago that they got the worst of a class action law suit based on something like this. Begg claims they take it seriously and want to get to the bottom of it…the time to do that was during the testing of the drug before turning it loose on an innocent and unsuspecting public….if they get slapped down with another class lawsuit, they’ll “get to the bottom” alright…right to the bottom of the company’s assets to pay off the plaintiffs. The CEOs and other top management of these stink-rich, too-big-to-sue companies like Monsanto and Dow should face ten to fifteen year prison sentences in a grade six federal slammer for what they have loosed on the public in the way of biochemical warfare guised as “medicine”….

  • Capt.America

    ” The most feared words in the English language I’m from the gvmt. and I’m here to help you” R.Regan. Hell half of the population already has narcolepsy.