Narcolepsy in Norway

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 2009, Norwegian health authorities urged citizens to protect themselves against the threat of swine flu.

More than two million Norwegians complied by getting a Pandemetrix jab.

Between then and now, a growing percentage of Norwegian children have developed narcolepsy. The incurable neurological condition – caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep cycles – makes people experience excessive daytime sleepiness, hallucinations and other symptoms.

Because it cannot rule out the possibility that Pandemetrix caused the condition, Norway’s government has been forced to pay out over US$13 million to suffering families. Says Hanne Noeklby, director of infectious diseases at the Norwegian National Institute of Health, initial investigations indicate that the spike in numbers of new narcolepsy diagnoses at this time in Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Britain and other countries can be linked to the Pandemetrix injections of 2009, although more research needs to be done.

The current maximum payout for a child who was under the age of 16 at the time of the injury is the equivalent of US$330 000 for a permanent disability.

Category: Winter 2014

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