Tamiflu and Nightmares?

From CNN:

“More than half of children taking antiviral drug Tamiflu suffer side-effects such as nausea, insomnia and nightmares, UK researchers have said…

Almost one in five (18 percent) of the children reported a “neuropsychiatric side effect,” such as poor concentration, inability to think clearly, problems sleeping, feeling dazed or confused, bad dreams or nightmares and “behaving strangely,” researchers said.

The UK’s Department of Health said in a statement: “The European Union regulatory position remains that no causal association between Tamiflu (or Relenza) and an increase in neuropsychiatric events has been established.”

Reports from Japan, where Tamiflu has in the past been widely-used against seasonal flu, has linked the drug in rare instances with unusual neurological and psychiatric disturbances in children, according to media reports.

Japan is now advising against prescribing Tamiflu to youngsters aged 10 to 19 after its own studies revealed people reporting psychiatric symptoms, according to media reports.”

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A Couple Things

The aforementioned principal in New York has died from complications of the H1N1 virus. He is the 6th person to die from flu related complications.  It isn’t known if he had any pre-existing medical problems. Or if it is…no one’s saying anything. The city of New York is seeing a rise in flu reported illnesses.

Additionally, Japan is seeing an increase in swine flu cases, and is freaking out.

Kobe residents rushed to hospitals, where doctors in biohazard suits checked people for fever in tents set up in parking lots, Agence France-Presse reported. Transit workers and supermarket employees began wearing masks.

Japan is well known in public health circles for being exceptionally nervous about flu; it has an aging population and a national obsession with cleanliness that makes even Switzerland look messy.

Masks are common on subways because it is considered rude to lack one if you are sneezing. Before the outbreak began last month, Japan used about 60 percent of the world’s stock of the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

A biohazard suit in some kind of animal print might work for me, though.

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