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Rise in Narcolepsy Cases Potentially Linked to H1N1 Vaccine

Seventeen cases of narcolepsy that are suspected of being caused by the swine flu vaccine have been reported to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Finland is the only country that has temporarily suspended the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine due to concerns it may have resulted in an increase in narcolepsy cases.

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“The number is increasing as information on the matter spreads,” says researcher Hanna Nohynek. She adds that the situation is being monitored continuously, and THL is trying to determine if there really is a link between the swine flu vaccine and narcolepsy. It could take months for them to get their answer.

THL decided to temporarily suspend the swine flu vaccine on Tuesday. In Sweden, where cases of narcolepsy have also risen slightly, the vaccine has not been suspended.

Furthermore, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the continuation of the swine flu vaccine.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is to meet on Friday to discuss the potential link between the Pandemrix vaccine and narcolepsy cases.

Sources: YLE

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