By CARL O’BRIEN / Irish Times
THE SWINE flu vaccine has topped the list of drugs responsible for the largest number of suspected adverse reactions, new figures show.
A total of 779 suspected adverse reactions were linked to the vaccine between 2010 and 2011.
Most of these were relatively mild, such as localised swelling, gastrointestinal problems and flu-like symptoms.
However, health authorities have identified up to 30 cases of young people with the sleeping disorder narcolepsy as part of an investigation into a possible link between the condition and the swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix.
Health authorities insist the vaccine is safe and that the risk-benefit balance for the jab remains positive.
The Irish Medicines Board said the high reporting rate linked with the pandemic vaccine reflected “both the extent of usage and repeated requests and reminders by the IMB and Health Service Executive for reporting of experience with their use”.