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Back in 2009, the Influenza vaccine Pandemrix was found to cause an increase in Narcolepsy. Many articles were written about this (here and here). Even the CDC released a statement agreeing with this conclusion. They assert that (1) the vaccine was not released in the United States and (2) there is no association between U.S. Influenza vaccines and Narcolepsy.
So there should be no evidence of a link between the two in VAERS.
Let's find out for ourselves.
Make a Graph of Vaccines. In Section 2 of the search form, restrict the graph to those VAERS cases where the Symptom is "Narcolepsy". Then, in Section 5 (Demographics), set the Location to Exclude Foreign so that non-US cases are excluded. The result looks like this:
Interestingly, the Gardasil vaccine (VAERS code HPV4) also has a relatively large number of cases associated with Narcopelsy.
This graph shows that there is evidence of the Influenza vaccine being related to Narcolepsy. But the bigger question is: was it a one-time problem back in 2009? What if all of these cases happened then? To find out, make the very same search, but extend it so that it is a Graph of Vaccines and Year of Vaccination. The result is here (showing only the Influenza vaccines):
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