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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:21 am 
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Influenza vaccination stopped in Finland after narcolepsy alert
2010-08-24
Finnish health authorities stop vaccination against swine flu after reports that children who had suffered from narcolepsy syringe.
The vaccine against swine flu was likely to cause narcolepsy
So far, at least 15 confirmed or suspected cases of narcolepsy reported in Finland, reports Hufvudstadsbladet. Today, Tuesday, the National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL, decided that the vaccination program should be suspended pending the authorities investigated whether there is any connection between the disease and vaccine.

- A large proportion of the population is already vaccinated and no ongoing epidemic. This should be regarded as a safeguard, says THL-General Pekka Puska to Hufvudstadsbladet.

The Authority has been authorized to collect information on which patients have been vaccinated and who have narcolepsy. The inquiry is expected to last several months.

Swedish Medical Products Agency decided to initiate a similar investigation last week. When the authority had received six reports of narcolepsy in children vaccinated against swine flu.

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http://www.dagensmedicin.se/nyheter/2010/08/24/narkolepsi-utreds-i-finlan/index.xml


I posted this under "Finland" as well


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:31 am 
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Swedish Medical Products Agency decided to initiate a similar investigation last week. When the authority had received six reports of narcolepsy in children vaccinated against swine flu.

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MPA is investigating reports of narcolepsy after vaccination with Pandemrix
August 17, 2010


Medical Products Agency has received six reports of medical care for narcolepsy as suspected adverse reaction to influenza vaccine Pandemrix. The Authority has appointed an internal team of investigators who, together with experts from the medical services will be investigating possible link between the vaccine and adverse reactions. MPA also contact other medicines authorities in Europe with a request for similar side effects are reported in other countries.

The MPA has received over the summer a total of six reports from health care for narcolepsy as a suspected adverse reaction of Pandemrix all of which have been diagnosed with narcolepsy after thorough medical investigation. Countries covered in all cases, young people (12-16 years) with symptoms of narcolepsy occurred one to two months after vaccination. Consumer Reports (from individuals) that describe similar symptoms have also been received.

At present, the MPA can not determine whether it may be a link between the vaccine and the reported symptoms. It requires more information on each reported case, the possibility of further cases and the presence of disease in the population to assess this. MPA has therefore launched an investigation in conjunction with national experts to examine the link and the occurrence of adverse drug reactions.

The EU has about 30 million people vaccinated with Pandemrix post. In the European pharmacovigilance system Eudravigilance is only one report on narcolepsy registered as a suspected adverse reaction to influenza vaccine, in addition to the six Swedish cases. MPA will contact the other medicines authorities in Europe to increase vigilance on this kind of possible, late reaction.

The Swedish health care are encouraged to be alert to this type of side effects and without delay, report similar cases.

Typical symptoms of the illness narcolepsy are: involuntary sleep during the day, attacks of muscle weakness known cataplexy associated with strong emotions, hallucinations and / or muscular paralysis at sleep onset and awakening.


Last updated / reviewed: 2010-08-17


http://www.lakemedelsverket.se/Alla-nyheter/NYHETER-2010/Lakemedelsverket-utreder-rapporter-om-narkolepsi-efter-vaccination-med-Pandemrix/


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:10 pm 
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http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/196 ... jab-fears-

I had this jab a few months ago and experienced zero side effects, that's just me though.

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A SWINE flu vaccine given to millions of Britons is being investigated over fears it causes a rare and dangerous sleep disorder.

The European Medicines Agency is looking into Pandemrix, made by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, after a number of cases of narcolepsy were reported.

Pandemrix was the main vaccine used in the UK at the height of last year’s H1N1 pandemic.

The cases of narcolepsy, which causes a person to fall asleep suddenly and unexpectedly, have been reported mostly in Sweden and Finland.

There have been no reported cases in Britain.

After reviewing the data, GlaxoSmithKline said: “The currently available information is insufficient to assess the likelihood of a causal relationship between Pandemrix and narcolepsy.”

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:33 pm 
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European Medicines Agency starts review of Pandemrix

http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/doc ... 096005.pdf

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European Medicines Agency starts review of Pandemrix
Agency is investigating whether there is a link between vaccine and cases of narcolepsy
The European Medicines Agency has launched a review of Pandemrix on the request of the European Commission to investigate whether there is a link between cases of narcolepsy and vaccination with Pandemrix. A limited number of cases was reported, all collected through spontaneous reporting systems, mainly in Sweden and Finland. Pandemrix, an influenza vaccine, has been used since September 2009 for vaccination against H1N1 influenza in at least 30.8 million Europeans.
Narcolepsy is a rare sleep disorder that causes a person to fall asleep suddenly and unexpectedly. Its precise cause is unknown, but it is generally considered to be triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, including infections.
Although the cases of narcolepsy have been reported in temporal association with the use of Pandemrix, it is at present not known if the vaccine caused the disorder. The Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) will look carefully at all of the available data to determine whether there is evidence for a causal association. As part of this evaluation the Committee will also consider the so-called background rate for narcolepsy, i.e. the number of cases that would normally be expected to be diagnosed.
The Committee will be working with experts from across the EU to assess this possible safety concern and any impact on the benefit risk balance of Pandemrix. The Committee will consider at its September 2010 meeting the need for any provisional measures pending completion of the evaluation.
The Agency is also liaising with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), international regulatory partners and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The European Medicines Agency will provide updates as new information becomes available.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:49 pm 
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Panel Confirms H1N1 Vaccine Link with Narcolepsy

http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2011/02/ ... 31303.html


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