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Swine flu vaccine recipients should get compensation for adverse effects – Kenny

20 September, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-Leitrim Martin Kenny has called on the Minister for Health to provide adequate compensation for those who have been adversely affected after been vaccinated with Pandemrix, Swine Flu vaccine.

Deputy Kenny said:

“In reply to a parliamentary question to the Minister for Health Simon Harris, I was informed that 80 individuals have been diagnosed with narcolepsy as a result of receiving the Pandemrix vaccine. The majority of these are children and adolescents.

“The Department of Health states that 22.5% of the country’s population received at least one dose of Pandemrix vaccine.  

“It also stated that the 5-19 age group had a significantly higher uptake of the Pandemrix vaccine and according to the National Narcolepsy Study Steering Committee which conducted a retrospective population based study there was a 13-fold higher risk of narcolepsy in children/adolescents vaccinated with the pandemic H1N1 2009 vaccine compared to unvaccinated children/adolescents.

“Narcolepsy severely impacts an individual’s life.  It can mean that a sufferer can no longer hold down a job, have and active social life and, in some cases, they can’t be left alone for long periods of time in case they fall asleep in the wrong place.  

“These individuals who followed the advice of the government in 2009 and got the swine flu vaccine without proper knowledge of the possible side effects must be looked after by the government.

“I am calling on the minister to engage with representatives of SOUND (Suffers Of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder) and to assist them in their quest for adequate compensation for all those who have been adversely affected after been vaccinated with Pandemrix Swine Flu vaccine.” 

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