By Alex Berntstein
|An electron micrograph of the H1N1 influenza virion. (Image
by the CDC; source. Via Wikimedia Commons.)
The dejecting reality for many families who have been struck with this malady is the permanent nature of this disorder. No cure is known, and the actual cause has yet to be properly identified and understood. A cocktail of sleeping pills, stimulants such as Ritalin, and antidepressants like Prozac can only attempt to treat the symptoms and ease the pain. And the pain is in fact great as the crippling symptoms destroy all hope of even the semblance of a normal life. Usually however, Narcolepsy is a particularly rare disorder that afflicts only around 1 out of 100,000 individuals. Yet, Science Nordic reports that among those who received the 2009 vaccine, the odds of children developing Narcolepsy appear to have been increased between 4-9 times. A dramatic increase in narcolepsy in Sweden triggered the alarm of the scientific community as the nation saw 168 new cases (150 of which were under the age of 18) since the administration of the H1N1 vaccine. Scientists who met at a special conference sanctioned by the Danish National Institute for Health Data and Disease Control have yet to determine the exact link of causation between the vaccine and its devastating side effect.
|The Pandemrix 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine is suspected of causing
narcolespy in nearly 800 children in northern Europe. (Via