Originally published October 19 2015
UK government admits swine flu vaccine causes brain damage, awards compensation to 60 families
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) As advocates for mandatory vaccination spread propaganda across the United States, the British government is dealing with the fallout of a faulty swine flu vaccine that has caused numerous cases of brain damage in children.
As reported by the International Business Times, the UK government is financially compensating at least 60 families in a multi-million-pound settlement that is likely to grow as more patients suffer physical harm from the vaccine.
"The government is expected to receive a bill of approximately £60 million [$90.1 million], with each of the 60 victims expected to receive about £1 million [$1.5 million] each," IBT reported.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, attorney Peter Todd, who is representing a number of victims, said, "There has never been a case like this before. The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication."
Following an outbreak of swine flu in 2009, some 60 million people received vaccines, most of them children. Health officials investigating the subsequent illnesses found that the vaccine, Pandemrix, can cause narcolepsy and cataplexy in about one in 16,000 people; many more are likely to come forward with symptoms, IBT reported.
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80 percent of victims are children
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes overwhelming daytime drowsiness; sometimes people with the condition can appear to fall asleep instantly.
"Narcolepsy affects a person's sleeping cycle, leaving them unable to sleep for more than 90 minutes at a time, and causing them to fall unconscious during the day," IBT reported. "The condition damages mental function and memory, and can lead to hallucinations and mental illness."
Cataplexy, meanwhile, "is an abrupt temporary loss of voluntary muscular function and tone, evoked by an emotional stimulus such as laughter, pleasure, anger, or excitement," according to this definition from the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation. "The stimulation leads to a very rapid loss of voluntary muscle control - often the person will immediately collapse as a result. The collapse occurs because the person can no longer control their leg muscles to remain standing."
The person regains control of muscle tone, slowly, when the stimulation eases.
As further reported by IBT, all across Europe more than 800 children thus far are known to have been sickened by the vaccine.
Pandemrix was manufactured by Big Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline; incredibly, the company refused to provide the vaccine to governments until they agreed to indemnify GSK against any damage claims. As for the vaccine injuries caused by Pandemix, GSK will pay the initial claims but then bill the UK government for whatever the vaccine maker pays out.
"There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Pandemrix increased the occurrence of narcolepsy onset in children in some countries - and probably in most countries," Emmanuelle Mignot, a specialist in sleep disorder at Stanford University in the United States told Reuters, according to IBT. Mignot was hired by GSK to study the effects of Pandemrix.
Vaccine maker refuses to acknowledge there is a problem
But the injections have not just sickened children; it has also caused problems among Britain's National Health Service staff, leaving many unable to perform their jobs because of symptoms brought on by the vaccine. IBT reported that these employees will be suing the UK government to recover their lost wages.
Still, the vast majority of patients sickened by the vaccine are children -- around 80 percent.
One child injured by the vaccine is Josh Hadfield, an 8-year-old boy from Somerset. His parents say he is now on anti-narcolepsy drugs that cost £15,000 (more than $22,500) a year, just to help him remain awake during his school day.
"If you make him laugh, he collapses. His memory is shot. There is no cure. He says he wishes he hadn't been born. I feel incredibly guilty about letting him have the vaccine," his mother, Caroline Hadfield, 43, told IBT.
Again, incredibly, the vaccine was given despite a warning from the European Medicines Agency in 2011, in which officials advised it not be used on anyone under 20 years old. The agency cited a study in which researchers found a 13-fold increase in the risk of narcolepsy in children vaccinated with the drug.
Despite that, GSK has steadfastly refused to acknowledge the link.
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