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Compensation paid out for vaccine-related narcolepsy sufferers

Long-awaited compensation is now being paid to those who developed narcolepsy as a result of the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix.

Sikainfluenssarokotetta valmistellaan.
Sikainfluenssarokotteesta narkolepsiaan sairastunutta yhdeksäsluokkalaista arveluttaa tulevaisuus ja ammatinvalinta. Image: YLE

Decisions on compensation have been given to just under eighty sufferers. Around 30 cases are still under review. A medical insurance pool will cover claims up to 30 million euros. The state will pick up the tab for compensation exceeding this sum.

YLE reported on Wednesday that a ten year-old patient is to receive initial damages of 11,700 euros to be followed by another lump payment when he turns 18. An 18 year-old patient has meanwhile been awarded 22,000 euros for the injury sustained.

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