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UK vaccine damage scheme must pay £120 000 to boy who developed narcolepsy after swine flu vaccination

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3205
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A 12 year old boy who developed narcolepsy and cataplexy after being vaccinated against swine flu at age 7 has been awarded £120 000 (€165 000; $186 000) in compensation, in a ruling that opens the way for dozens of similar awards from the United Kingdom’s statutory vaccine damage compensation scheme.

Claims by the unnamed boy and dozens of others who developed the chronic neurological disorders after being given the vaccine Pandemrix during the swine flu outbreak in 2009-10 had …

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