The British Government will shell out big money to patients who suffered brain damage as a result of taking the swine flu vaccine.
The government is expected to pay about $100 million dollars to 60 victims with each of them receiving about $1.7 million each. The settlement is over the swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Nearly 60 million people received the vaccine following the 2009 swine flu outbreak, most of them children. It was later discovered that the vaccine can cause narcolepsy and cataplexy, and some 800 children across Europe are so far known to have gotten ill from the vaccine.
Narcolepsy is a chronic condition that causes people to fall asleep suddenly and without warning, while cataplexy causes people to lose consciousness when they are experiencing heightened emotion, including when they are laughing.
GlaxoSmithKline will pay the bill and claim the money back from the government, though the company continues to deny a link between its drug and the disorders. Pandemrix was NOT used in the United States during the swine flu outbreak.