Sound (Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy
[2011 Sept] Warning of more cases
of flu vaccine disorder A SUPPORT group for parents who believe their
children developed a chronic sleeping disorder after receiving the swine flu
vaccine Pandemrix has said there are “a lot more” undiagnosed cases.....So far
30 potential cases of narcolepsy have been identified by the Health Service
Executive (HSE) while the Irish Medicines Board said there were 16 confirmed
cases of narcolepsy in individuals vaccinated with Pandemrix.
“IT’S CHANGED him – we’ve been robbed of our little fellow, and of our family life,” said Maria Ashe, from Maynooth, Co Kildare, the mother of six-year-old Declan, who was diagnosed with incurable sleep disorder narcolepsy two weeks ago suspected to be caused by swine flu vaccine Pandemrix.
His symptoms include sudden loss of muscle tone (cataplexy) triggered by laughing, mood swings and the need for a two and a half-hour sleep during the day.
Maria and Declan’s father, Tom, are left with a “high level of guilt” over the vaccination, and say their son’s life chances are restricted because he cannot cope with stress or be awake for long hours.
“He’ll have to be on medication for the rest of his life,” Tom said. The disease is incurable, and treatment options include heavy medication.