WORLD – Around 800 children in Europe have developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, apparently after being vaccinated with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine produced by British drug-maker “GlaxoSmithKline” in 2009.
“The narcolepsy is a very disabling chronic neurological disorder for which we don’t exactly have a treatment as per se. We have a cocktail of medication that we use to make the person functional,” explained M. Faisal Khan, M.D., a neurologist at Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates. “The genetic factor is not the only culprit. There has to be another hit.”
It seems like the hit was a booster included in the Pandemrix vaccine, called AS03. And here’s a point for the FDA: because of that booster, the medicine was not approved for use in the U.S. 30 million people in 47 countries received this vaccine during the 2009 – 2010 swine flu pandemic. Fear of massive deaths has prompted the use of this drug at a time when its side effects were still unknown.
At home, however, we’re facing a very different issue. A study says almost half of U.S. children are vaccinated late or do not receive all of the recommended vaccinations for their healthy development.
“I think one of the reasons is that we have more shots than we did in previous year,” said Yana Finkelshteyn, M. D., Family Physician also at the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “The other reason is when kids come in for their well check they’re unable to have their shots. They may have a fever, they got an ear infection, and so their shots are put off and their parents have to come back.”
Researchers also suggest that in about 13 percent of the cases analyzed, parents intentionally delayed their child’s vaccination out of fear that too many vaccines could overwhelm the child’s immune system.
Maybe some of these parents would prefer the “Influenza sorbet”, a dessert an Ohio-based company created to combat flu. The ice cream contains cayenne pepper, ginger, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, honey, orange and lemon juices. It may not cure you, but at least you don’t have to worry about its side effects.