The High Court has approved a settlement for a 15-year-old teenager who developed narcolepsy, which is an incurable sleep disorder, as well as an autoimmune disease from the swine flu vaccine. A further 80 people, predominantly teenagers and young adults, have cases pending to achieve similar settlements.
This agreement implies that any financial compensation received from the settlements will be disregarded when an individual is assessed on their eligibility for State supports which include, student accommodation costs, exam fees and medical cards.
The teenager made a claim that the HSE and GlaxoSmithKline failed to inform people about the risks associated with the vaccine.
As a result of receiving the Pandemrix vaccine, the teenager developed the sleep disorder ‘narcolepsy’ which affects sleepfulness, wakefulness and appetite, and the autoimmune disease ‘cataplexy’ which causes a sudden collapse of muscle groups.