"At the authorities' request were vaccinated more than five million swedes against the swine flu that ravaged ten years ago. The price was high. Almost 500 children and young people affected by narcolepsy in one of the worst medical scandals in american history."
"the Aim was good: to protect the population from the pandemic, with a completely new influenza virus, A(H1N1), that swept over the world."
"The first major outbreak was reported in Mexico in march 2009, and already in april of the same year had the infection reached Europe. Many became ill and some died. Because the virus originated from pigs, it got the name swine flu and on June 11, upgraded to the world health organization (WHO) pandemivarningen to six, which is the highest level on the scale."
"Only eleven days later, on 22 June, ordered Sweden 18 million vaccine doses per, two per person, from läkemedelsjätten Glaxosmithkline Sweden previously had an agreement with."
"starting in October of the same year to be vaccinated, millions of swedes, not least children and young people who belonged to a priority group."
"Already at the beginning of 2010 reported Finland if an unusual number of people affected by a rare disease: narcolepsy. Shortly after, the was seen the same thing in Sweden. Common for the cases was that they all had been vaccinated with Pandemrix against swine flu."
"today, we know that it is a very strong link, with a seventeen-fold increased risk compared with if you are not vaccinated," says Anne-Marie Landtblom, professor and consultant in neurology at the Academic hospital in Uppsala."
"the association applies only to Pandemrix, which was a so-called prototypvaccin that is no longer used, and thus should not be confused with the flu vaccine used annually against ordinary seasonal influenza."
"Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder whose main symptoms is an uncontrollable need for sleep. Suddenly and seemingly without reason, the sufferer fall asleep."
"sleep periods occur especially if there is a"
"– Then it may be impossible for some to stay awake, " says Anne-Marie Landtblom."
"in Addition to this, the sufferers also suffer from kataplexier, that is to say, the muscles suddenly relax, usually in conjunction with cool mind boggling as surprise, fear, or joy."
"– You can say that it is emotionally triggered förlamningsattacker that lasts for a few minutes. If a patient, for example, laughing can he or she suddenly tumble together or lose all the mimicry in the face, " says Anne-Marie Landtblom."
"Change of personality"
"Advokat Mats Wikner, who is representing several of the sick, speaks of a"
"– She fell together eight times in an hour. It was really scary, " he says."
"in Addition, he says, many are affected by sleep disorders with strong nightmares, hallucinations and memory problems."
"the Symptoms vary, and some are more affected than the other. Of the 40 patients with narcolepsy Anne-Marie Landtblom has, is a smaller proportion of the severely handicapped. An overwhelming majority, about three-quarters have some form of significantly disabled."
"– Around a quarter works ordinary, " she says."
"But regardless of the results of the disease in the problem because it prevents the affected from leading a normal life."
"– Nathan Watson, a professor in Seattle in the united states, have shown that the negative effects of the attacks is less than the psycho-social, which means that many withdraw and isolate themselves. Moreover, the medication that many do not recognize themselves. They get annoyed and tagged, therefore they do not take the drugs of the reason."
"Exactly what it was in the vaccine that caused the illness, you don't know. Suspicions are that it förstärkningsämne (adjuvants) that were in Pandemrix was for the strong."
"– There is a lot of evidence for it. In addition, there is a gene that is linked to the risk. It is a commonly occurring gene variant that codes for a particular tissue type that the immune system recognizes. All who have been affected have this gene variant, " says Anne-Marie Landtblom."
"In the south of Sweden was slightly more than in the rest of the country. It is believed that the cause is that the infection was already there then, since vaccinations began in the north of Sweden. Therefore, the researchers believe that some in the south of Sweden were already infected at the time of vaccination and that this increased the risk of narcolepsy."
"– all in all, this will be the definitive proof that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease. It is the own immune system causing the disease, " says Anne-Marie Landtblom."
"The last pandemic struck Sweden in 2009-2010, then a so-called mass-medication followed on the outbreak of the swine flu. 5.3 million swedes were vaccinated."
"The vaccine used was Pandemrix. The vaccine had been manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Glaxosmithkline (GSK) on the basis of a so-called prototypvaccin."
"Pretty soon it became clear that the vaccine increased the risk of children and young people to suffer from narcolepsy."
"In a report from 2013 noted Folkhälsomyndigheten to massvaccineringen saved the lives of about 100 swedes, and that it prevented the 215 intensivvårdsfall and 1 750 slutenvårdsepisoder."
"Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that disrupts the brain's regulation of sleep and wakefulness. The who have narcolepsy suffer sudden sleep attacks, often several times per day."
"Source: national Board of health m.fl."