In 2009 a novel (new) strain of the influenza virus started circulating – the influenza A virus, H1N1, also known as the swine flu, which resulted in a pandemic.
Pandemics occur when an illnesses has spread worldwide – the H1N1 pandemic resulted in millions of people getting sick and over 18,000 deaths in more than 200 countries. Researchers quickly developed and tested a vaccine, and sent it out to vaccinate everyone, raising concerns about the speed of approval with minimal testing for the new vaccine.
Al vaccines have side effects – generally, only mild side effects, but a recent study indicates that this swine flu vaccine seems to be causing sleep disorders in children.
Swine Flu Vaccine: Previous Research
A vaccine called Pandemrix was made in October 2009 and by March 2009, doctors had vaccinated one in four healthy children ages five and under. In a high-risk group of children ages two to fifteen, 37 percent of the kids were vaccinated. Five months later, in August 2009, concerns of narcolepsy (excessive daytime sleepiness) in children who had received the vaccine began to develop in Finland and Sweden.
Finland conducted a study in 2012 to see if there was any correlation between the Pandemrix vaccine and the sleep disorders that they were seeing in children, and found that sleeping disorders increased at a rate of 13 fold in children ages four to nineteen.
Interestingly, no other countries were seeing the same result, so researchers concluded that the sleep disorder correlation was just limited to Finland.
Things change, however, and researchers have now gone back to see if there is a wider relationship between narcolepsy and the swine flu vaccine in kids.
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