Narcolepsy link to swine flu vaccine established – victims to get compensation

Source: Helsingin Sanomat

Victims of the surge in cases of narcolepsy after the vaccination campaign against the H1N1 or swine flu virus nearly two years ago will be entitled to compensation.
The compensation will be primarily the responsibility of the Finnish Pharmaceutical Insurance Pool. Decisions on compensation are to be made in the coming weeks.
“At the same time we will start making decisions on individual claims. Each claim will be handled separately”, says Pharmaceutical Insurance Pool spokesman Veikko Valkonen.
If the funds of the pool are insufficient, the remaining funds will be provided by the Finnish state.

A national narcolepsy working group issued its report on Thursday in which it stated that the link between the vaccines and children’s narcolepsy had been confirmed.
The report found that the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine gave a 13-fold increase in the risk of children and young people to come down with the disease.

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