Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy: EU watchdog
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A swine flu vaccine used in 2009 to 2010 is linked to a higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children and teens in Sweden and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Friday.
The EU agency studied the effects of the Pandemrix vaccine on children in eight European countries after Sweden and Finland reported higher incidences of narcolepsy among children who were inoculated with the vaccine during the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and 2010.
"The case-control study found an association between vaccination with Pandemrix and an increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents (five to 19 years of age) in Sweden and Finland," the ECDC said.
"The overall number of new cases of narcolepsy being reported after September 2009 was much higher in Sweden and Finland... compared with the other countries participating in the study," it said.