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Adult narcolepsy sufferers seek reimbursement

Five young adults who developed narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix are suing the state for damages at Helsinki District Court.

The 20–26 year-old plaintiffs were not awarded damages earlier as studies have so far only confirmed that the Pandemrix vaccine increased the risk of narcolepsy among 4–19 year-olds.

Around a dozen adults are suspected of coming down with narcolepsy since taking the vaccine. The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is currently investigating the H1N1 vaccine link to narcolepsy in adults. According to the organisation, some 50 new narcolepsy cases were diagnosed in Finland between 2009 and 2011.  

In 2009, swine flu jabs were offered to all Finnish residents free of charge in anticipation of an H1N1 influenza epidemic. 

The regional daily Aamulehti was the first to report the news.