After the first big threat of swine flu blew over, many people started to forget about this issue. However, it appears that swine flu could once again be putting lives at risk. In Mexico, several people have already died from swine flu in 2011. The deaths include a police officer, a middle aged woman and an elderly man. In addition to the police officer who died, multiple officers have exhibited symptoms that indicate swine flu.
Because the swine flu seems to be gaining momentum once again, the city of Ciudad Juarez recently launched a campaign to get their residents vaccinated. Interestingly enough, new research has shown a side effect of the swine flu vaccination. When children are given this vaccine, there is a higher probability that they will develop narcolepsy. Not only does this vaccine increase the likelihood of a child developing this condition, but it significantly increases it by up to four hundred percent. While researchers are still in the early stages of investigating this link, they are optimistic that they will be able to come up with a suitable solution.
In other 2011 swine flu news, Emily Seebohm recently showed signs of this condition. Seebohm is a swimmer from Australia who competed in the 2008 Olympics at just sixteen years of age. Not only did she compete at this young age, but she actually won a gold medal. Although she was hospitalized for swine flu, Seebohm has been released. Because of her involvement in the World Championship trials, she hopes that this bout with swine flu won’t have set her back too much.