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Victims may receive swine flu vaccine compensation. More cases of probable links between the swine flu vaccine and narcolepsy in Norway are emerging following officials’ recent findings. Nordic medical experts highlighted a possible narcolepsy-Pandemrix link last year. Narcolepsy causes excessive sleepiness and frequent sleep attacks, sometimes without warning. National Administrative body Norsk Patienskadeerstatning (NPE) now reports it has upheld damages claims regarding three children aged between 8 and 15 that they more than likely have developed the disorder because of the vaccine.

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Victims may receive swine flu vaccine compensation

Published on Friday, 10th February, 2012 at 09:37 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 10th February 2012 at 15:32.

More cases of probable links between the swine flu vaccine and narcolepsy in Norway are emerging following officials’ recent findings.

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Nordic medical experts highlighted a possible narcolepsy-Pandemrix link last year. Narcolepsy causes excessive sleepiness and frequent sleep attacks, sometimes without warning.

National Administrative body Norsk Patienskadeerstatning (NPE) now reports it has upheld damages claims regarding three children aged between 8 and 15 that they more than likely have developed the disorder because of the vaccine.

Assistant NPE director Rolf Gunnar Jørstad says each case is to be individually assessed. Compensation sums will vary according to symptoms’ scale, duration in years, as well as the degree they affect each child’s everyday life. 

He tells NRK, “Unfortunately, there is reason to believe this is a disorder they may have to live on with. We’ll have to follow the individual child’s actual development, but could be talking about significant amounts of damages if the symptoms are lasting and comprehensive, at least a million kroner, or maybe more.”

Approximately 598,000 children and youths aged 6 months to 19 years out of roughly 2.2 million Norwegians were vaccinated with Pandemrix under the 2009-2010 mass vaccination programme.

The NPE has received 86 cases in total so far regarding various medical issues relating to the swine flu vaccine. Under a third have been processed. 7 complaints have been upheld and 18 have been rejected, most commonly because of no proven relation between the vaccine and problems.

“There have been many claims from adults amongst these [86]. They relate to everything from problems in connection with the actual injection, to various effects they believe have been caused as a result of the vaccine,” Mr Jørstad says.

Meanwhile, another affected family in Kjerringøy, Bodø, informs NRK they are considering applying for compensation for their six-year-old daughter after it emerged she was diagnosed with narcolepsy following her vaccination in 2009. 

Thea’s father, Per Kristian Strand, says her condition has become much worse in the last year, turning a once lively and laughing girl to an introverted one who sleeps more than 18 hours-a-day.

“She was awake for 50 minutes during the course of the school day yesterday,” said Mr. Strand, “She just shuffles through her days in a half-sleepy state.”

The municipality provides Thea’s parents support, taking over responsibility for her one evening-a-week and a weekend every month so they can have a little respite.

Thea’s damages application has not been refused, but her parents have hired a lawyer whilst waiting. Resigning themselves “to fight on together with the other affected families,” they allege nobody was convinced when they first pointed out the possible link between narcolepsy and Pandemrix. 

“We were desperate, first to be believed, then when it came to getting help,” Therese Leone and Per Kristian Strand tell the broadcaster. 

20 of the 61 cases lodged with the NPE awaiting processing involve children under 18 who possibly have narcolepsy as a result of the vaccine.



Published on Friday, 10th February, 2012 at 09:37 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 10th February 2012 at 15:32.

This post has the following tags: norwayswinefluvaccine, pandemrixvaccineandnarcolepsy, h1n1influenzaa.


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