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Pandemrix was ‘a vaccine catastrophe,’ health expert says
By Lyndsey Smith
Company GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-Swine Flu vaccine reportedly left 1,449 Norwegians suffering from adverse effects, including narcolepsy. Medical expert Preben Aavitsland called the situation a disaster.
“Pandemrix had a tragic outcome. Unfortunately it was impossible to know in advance”, he told NRK.
548 pandemic-vaccinated Norwegians have experienced serious side effects, new figures show. 382 of those affected by the vaccine were children, with nearly 42 percent of them having suffered severe health issues.
67 children and 17 adults developed narcolepsy and/or cataplexy after receiving the vaccine, the broadcaster quotes Norway’s Medicines Agency as saying.
The vaccine also reportedly caused other effects such as nausea, headaches, speech difficulties and depression.
Preben Aavitsland, who was responsible for monitoring contagious diseases at Norway’s Institute of Public Health in 2009 when the Swine Flu hit, cited studies in Finland, Sweden and Ireland.
He told NRK these concluded that children given the Pandemrix vaccine had a 10 times-higher risk of developing narcolepsy than adults, calculations he states that Norwegian experts had not carried out.
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