All the Irish papers report on the government’s announcement that Pandemrix swine flu vaccine is associated with many cases of narcolepsy.
The Irish Times reported:
The report, commissioned by the Department of Health, found there was 13-fold higher risk of narcolepsy among children and adolescents who received the vaccine compared with unvaccinated young people.
The results are very similar to those seen in similar studies in Sweden and Finland…
Dr Holohan emphasised that vaccination was very safe. “It is important that the current vaccination programmes continue to protect children and adults against the serious consequences caused by these preventable diseases,” he said.
Yet according to the Irish Examiner:
The condition is most prevalent among 13 to 19-year-olds in Ireland. In 2009 it is understood to have affected five in every 100,000.
That means that one in every 20,000 vaccinated Irish children developed a (usually severe) case of narcolepsy. Yet it is uncertain if the swine flu shots saved any lives.
The United States has about 80 million children. During 2009-10, when swine flu was active for nearly the entire year (rather than a brief flu season) 282 children are reported to have died from flu (all strains of influenza). IN 2010-11 122 US children are reported to have died from flu (all forms). In 2011-12 a total of 13 (thirteen) children are reported to have died from flu.
On average, in each of the last three years in the US, 1.7 children per million died from influenza (swine flu and other types).
In Ireland, 50 children per million who received Pandemrix vaccine developed narcolepsy. Would you call that “very safe”? I’d like to see Dr. Holohan’s risk-benefit analysis. And how would he comment on preventable vaccine injuries from untested vaccines?