Pandemrix Narcolepsy

Pandemrix and Narcolepsy are two separate things, but the question that comes to mind is how exactly are they related? To understand Pandemrix Narcolepsy better, it is important to know exactly what these two are.

Pandemrix is a vaccine that was developed by an extremely popular name in the Pharmaceutical industry, GlaxoSmithKline. The vaccine was released to cure swine flu in the year 2009 by the government of United Kingdom.

Narcolepsy on the other hand, is a condition where an individual constantly falls asleep at different times during the day while carrying out everyday activities. The condition has become pretty common worldwide and has no direct cure, but can be treated by reducing the symptoms that cause the condition.

Both Pandemrix and Narcolepsy weren’t related to begin with, however an outbreak of swine flu in Britain in 2009 brought the Pandemrix vaccines to treat the victims. However, it was discontinued after a large number of narcolepsy cases were recorded among those who were vaccinated.  The cause behind the reaction was unclear. The number of victims went up to 55,000, which eventually put a stop on the use of the vaccine. The reaction also caused a disapproval of the vaccine from the United States of America.

Although initially, there was no conclusive explanation as to what exactly caused narcolepsy due to Pandemrix vaccine, but a research suggested that the strain caused during the H1N1 flu has a protein, quite similar to a receptor in our brain that keeps us awake by releasing the hormone known as hyprocretin, which could have been destroyed by the antibodies produced by the vaccines.

The spokes person from GlaxoSmithKline said that the company is going through the study. Meanwhile, the use of Pandemrix vaccine has been stopped due to the increasing number of narcolepsy cases among the recipients.