Way opened for Pandemrix swine flu jab compensation [UK]

Accessed 21 September 2013

Way opened for Pandemrix swine flu jab compensation
Four families have been told they can apply for government compensation over side-effects of the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine.

Studies have shown the jab increased the risk of narcolepsy tenfold.

Families could be entitled to £120,000 through the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme if they can prove “severe” disability.

If the bid fails they and other families could still pursue compensation through the courts.

Pandemrix was the most widely used flu vaccine in the UK during the 2009-10 pandemic.    Almost six million doses were given, one million to young children.

However, evidence from across Europe has suggested a higher rate of narcolepsy in children after being given the jab.

Approximately one in 55,000 children vaccinated – about 20 in the UK – were thought to have developed narcolepsy…