In a recent study in Helsinki, Finland, a group of children between the ages of 4 and 19 years old, have been noted to have narcolepsy after being given the vaccine for swine flu.
Narcolepsy is a condition wherein a person just suddenly loses consciousness, and falls asleep. However, this condition is not dangerous.
Due to the outbreak of the swine flu in 2009, vaccines were given to nearly everybody. However, this condition was only noted in those who are between the ages of 4 and 19.
No known cases of narcolepsy caused by the vaccine occurred in people under the age of 4 and above the age of 19.
The World Health Organization is already aware of this report. It was noted that the cases of narcolepsy after the shot were limited to Finland, but not in the other parts of the world. Officials attribute this to other causes perhaps the presence of an infection or perhaps environmental factors during the time of outbreak of swine flu.
This case warrants further investigation as there are still questions left unanswered in many of the cases.
Health officials explain that the distribution of the vaccine will not be stopped around the world.