Monday, December 12, 2011

Flu jab gave our six-year-old son narcolepsy: Boy slept for up to 19 HOURS a day after reaction to vaccine - 12th Dec 2011

The parents of a schoolboy who was struck down with narcolepsy after receiving a flu vaccine, said the Government should have carried out more tests before issuing the drug.

Josh Hadfield, 6, lost muscle control and started sleeping for up to 19 hours every day just three weeks after getting the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix.

He would fall asleep up to every five minutes - even when he was walking, eating and swimming - and suffer sudden bouts of cataplexy (loss of muscle tone) when he laughed.

Now nearly two years later his mother Caroline, 41, said he was still suffering from the after effects of the controversial jab.

'I’m up with him around four times each night to feed him snacks and also comfort him because he has horrendous nightmares,' she said.

'He used to be sent home from school every time he fell asleep but now they have set aside an area in his classroom where he can take a nap.'

He is being treated with Ritalin and anti-depressants but has never returned to the happy-go-lucky boy he once was. Read More