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In Young Adults, Anti-Swine Flu Vaccination Ups Risk of Narcolepsy

by Bidita Debnath on  January 22, 2014 at 11:29 PM Research News   - G J E 4
A team of scientists have associated an influenza vaccination - Pandemrix - to an increased risk of narcolepsy in young adults.
 In Young Adults, Anti-Swine Flu Vaccination Ups Risk of Narcolepsy
In Young Adults, Anti-Swine Flu Vaccination Ups Risk of Narcolepsy
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Using a population-based prospective cohort study, the team analyzed data from regional vaccination registries and national health registries, covering seven healthcare regions and 61 percent of the Swedish population.

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While the team did not identify any link to a large number of immune-related or neurological diseases, they did confirm an increased risk in diagnosis of narcolepsy in individuals younger than 20 years of age, and observed a trend towards an increased risk amongst young adults between 21 and 30.

Dr. I. Persson from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, said that the follow-up of Pandemrix vaccinations in a large registry based study in Sweden confirms an increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents, while also providing reassuring results for a large number of other neurological and immune related diseases.

Source: ANI
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