Click the Detail Swine Flu Vaccine Linked to Death to read and watch video on a powerful report on vaccine injury in the UK. You may recall that last year Ms. Jackie Fletcher won compensation for her son's MMR vaccine injury (HERE) in the UK. She is featured in this report.
By Kathryn Torney, May 2011
A person has died in Northern Ireland after being given their swine flu vaccination, The Detail can reveal.
The death was reported as a suspected adverse reaction to the H1N1 vaccine sometime between January 1st, 2010 and February 8th, 2011. The report was among hundreds submitted from Northern Ireland to the central government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe.
A wide range of side effects suspected to be linked to the swine flu and cervical cancer vaccinations – given to teenage girls – were reported by healthcare professionals, patients, parents and carers in Northern Ireland to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) during 2009, 2010 and the early weeks of 2011.
The MHRA’s Yellow Card Adverse Reaction (ADR) scheme allows health professionals and patients to report suspected adverse drug/vaccine reactions on a voluntary basis and was introduced in 1964 after the Thalidomide tragedy highlighted the urgent need for routine monitoring of medicines. It receives more than 20,000 reports of possible side effects across the UK each year.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that almost £2m has been paid out in compensation to 25 people in Northern Ireland severely disabled by vaccines since 1979.
The MHRA said that it could give no further details on the recent Northern Ireland death including the age of the person or when the death occurred.
Surprisingly, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland claims to hold no information on the fatality and it also confirmed in response to a Freedom of Information request from The Detail that it is “not routinely provided” with information on adverse reaction reports originating from the province.