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Study from Finland: Researchers suspect increased risk of narcolepsy due to swine flu vaccine Pandemrix
As previously reported, researchers suspect a connection between an increased incidence of sleeping sickness narcolepsy and the administration of the swine flu vaccine "Pandemrix". The results of two published Finnish studies suggest a "causal context" between the pandemic flu vaccine and the neurological disease. The results of the study were published in the science magazine "Plos one" and sparked another discussion about the meaning and nonsense of the swine flu vaccination.
Millions of vaccines were stored and administered during the marriage of swine flu. The World Health Organization (WHO) and national governments have called for swine flu vaccination worldwide. Media campaigns and health ministries created an image of an upcoming flu wave with millions of deaths. The population worldwide was called for vaccination against swine flu. Ultimately, the pandemic failed to materialize and the willingness to vaccinate decreased significantly, so that most countries remained on the hoarded vaccine doses. In this connection, the pharmaceutical industry was able to record billions in sales.
Increased narcolepsy incidence in children
Two studies now suggest that the pandemic vaccine can increase the risk of narcolepsy. Researchers around Markku Partinen examined the incidence of narcolepsy in the Finnish population as a whole and in children between 2002 and 2010. By 2009, only 335 cases of narcolepsy had occurred across Finland. This corresponds to an annual incidence of 0.79 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the group of minors (under 17 years) the rate was 0.31 percent per 100,000 people.
The first major flu vaccination wave began in 2010. During and after the campaign, 54 cases of narcolepsy were registered in the under 17 age group. This corresponds to a rate of 5.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. In mathematical terms, there is an increase of 17 times in comparison to the previous year. In the same reporting period, the incidence rate among adults was 0.87 per 100,000 inhabitants, which was similar to that of the previous year. 50 of the 54 children affected had been injected with the influenza drug Pandemrix for a maximum of eight months. On average, the patients had received the vaccine 42 days before the acute onset of the disease. 34 of the 54 children had a risk gene that facilitates the outbreak of narcolepsy.
Second study with similar results
A second data analysis came to a similar result. A team of researchers led by Hanna Nohynek evaluated the first occurrence of narcolepsy between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 in all children from Finland. The study took into account all patient data from children born between January 1991 and December 2005. Three quarters of the children (75 percent) had previously been vaccinated with the swine flu vaccine. A total of 67 narcolepsy patients were registered. The scientists used 53 of the patient data for the survey. Of the 53 cases, 46 children were vaccinated. As a result, the researchers wrote: "The incidence of narcolepsy was 9.0 per 100,000 person-years compared to 0.7 per 100,000 person-years in the unvaccinated children." Accordingly, the disease risk was 13 times higher. In absolute numbers, there is a risk of serious side effects in the age group of 4 to 19 years in a case of 16,000 vaccinated.
Context of increased incidence of sleeping sickness is very likely
In the meantime, a connection between the occurrence of narcolepsy and a Pandemrix vaccination is “very likely” among scientists. For this reason, the European Medicines Agency recommends that vaccine candidates under the age of 20 no longer be immunized with the named vaccine. Researchers assume that the active substance is not responsible for an increased occurrence, but rather the criticized AS03, if there is already a genetic condition.
With narcolespia, which is also colloquially called "sleeping sickness", there is a neurological disorder of the sleep-wake rhythm. Patients suffer frequent regular sleep attacks during the day and suffer from significant sleep disorders at night. The attacks last from a few moments to half an hour. Especially in road traffic, the disease poses a significant risk of accident for those affected. (Sb)
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