By Daniel Martin
A flu vaccine given to millions of Britons as recently as a few months ago will no longer be used after watchdogs found it increased the risk of children developing a serious sleeping disorder.
Pandemrix has been deemed unsuitable for anyone under the age of 20 after studies showed it could trigger narcolepsy – a rare disorder which causes a person to fall asleep suddenly and unexpectedly, with potentially dangerous consequences.
The European Medicines Agency advised that the jab should be given to children and teenagers only if other vaccines are unavailable and they still need protecting against the H1N1 swine flu strain.
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