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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nearly 80 getting compensation for narcolepsy from swine flu vaccination

The payment of compensation for narcolepsy attributed to the H1N1, or swine flu vaccine during the pandemic of 2009 has started.

In the first stages, 78 children and young people will get an advance payout of EUR 10,000 – 20,000. The sum might increase later, says Asko Nio of the Finnish Pharmaceutical Insurance Pool.

Applications have been received on behalf of 111 children and young people. Some of the applications arrived this week, and they have not been processed yet. There are about ten uncertain cases.

Those who were diagnosed with narcolepsy after getting the vaccination are to get a one-off payment for both temporary and permanent harm.

For temporary damage, mainly pain and suffering, all are getting an immediate payment of EUR 8,700.

The compensation follows the lines of what would be paid out for a serious traffic accident involving a week in hospital, months of recovery time, and a significant lifelong injury.

The advance payout for permanent damage suffered by the narcolepsy patients is EUR 13,600. Those who are 18 years old or more will get the sum immediately. Those who are younger will get part of it now and the rest when they turn 18. Read More