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Swine flu jab narcolepsy risk

Research has found that a swine flu jab given to children carried an increased risk of developing narcolepsy.

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Swine flu vaccine has not been used for two years

Research, published in the British Medical Journal, has found a link between children who were given the swine flu jab and the sleep disorder narcolepsy.

  • Seventy five children aged between four and 18, who were diagnosed with narcolepsy from January 2008 and attended sleep centres across England, were examined
  • Researchers found 11 of these received the vaccine before their symptoms began

The use of the vaccine in people under the age of 20 has been restricted across Europe since 2011, following reports of increased cases of the sleep disorder.

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