The British government has made a legal challenge to a boy awarded compensation for narcolepsy following vaccination against swine flu on the grounds that the condition is not serious enough, though the link between the vaccine Pandemrix manufactured by GSK and the condition is not disputed. The award would have been the first vaccine damage payment in the United Kingdom since 2010, even though (unlike the United States) awards are limited to a maximum of £120,000 ($190,000). The grounds for appeal border appparently on the nonsensical but would also be against the government’s own long-standing guidelines.
According to the report in ‘World 24 Monitor’ the British government are attempting to argue to the Appeal Court that it should only have to compensate on the “immediate rather than future impact of the vaccine related injury”. This is despite the fact that it has repeatedly been stated that it is the purpose of the vaccine damage scheme “to ease the present and future burdens of those suffering from severe vaccine damage” (government statement 19 June 2007), “to ease the present and future burdens of the vaccine damaged person and their families" Department of Health “Green Book” 10 June 2014 (chapter 10, p.7 ), “to ease the present and future burdens of the person affected by the vaccinations, and their family” (National Health Service Pamphlet p. 30, September 2015)).
Lawyer Peter Todd of Hodge, Jones and Allen told ‘World 24 Monitor’:
It is causing tremendous delay in getting compensation to those in dire need of help and who are entirely innocent and blameless people…They were responsible enough to get vaccinated and unfortunately have suffered a severe brain injury due to a defect with the vaccine, which was not detected as it was not tested at all on children before it was given out.
The 2009 swine flu scare quickly descended into farce and fraud as the government hyped the dangers and spread of the disease while distributing dangerous and ill-tested medical products:
In one of the trials of Pandemrix there were seven deaths which were never explained.
Whether it is actually responsible to vaccinate your children when the government treats its citizens like this is an interesting question. The UK’s National Health Service issues tens of millions of vaccines a year: even on accepted rates of vaccine damage there would have to be hundreds of cases a year which are never compensated, and just fall into a bureaucratic hole. According to the report:
The boy, who remains anonymous, has become disruptive at school because he is so tired and finds it almost impossible to socialise. He needs to take several naps in the school day and cannot shower unattended or take a bus alone. He may never be able to drive as an adult.
However, the government may be even more worried in this instance that they indemnified the manufacturers against legal suit (as was secretly the case with GSK’s MMR vaccine Pluserix in 1988), as ‘World 24 Monitor’ reports:
A separate claim against GSK for full compensatory damages is being discussed with the Department of Health, as the pharmaceutical company had an indemnity in their contract to provide Pandemrix to the government.
Addendum (October 20, 2015) Since the publication of this article I have been shown a copy of the order from 2009 (2516) adding the swine flu vaccine to the Vaccine Damage Payment Act (2009). Clause 7.1 under the heading "What is being done and why" states:
The Vaccine Damage Pament Act 1979 provides lump sum payments to ease the present and future burdens of those who have been severely disabled by vaccinations against specified diseases...
John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.