Dear Clive

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Dear Clive


My daughter Alex had a swine flu jab in 2009 and after this she started to get very tired during the day and would fall asleep suddenly. It was recently confirmed that she had narcolepsy. A Friend last week told me that the swine flu jab could have caused this? Can I claim for this?





Dear Sue,


I am very sorry to hear about Alex. Your friend is right, the Health Protection Agencyhave found evidence of an association between Pandemrix (a type of swine flu vaccination used in 2009 and 2010) and narcolepsy in children in England.


However, our Clinical Negligence team would need more details about the type of vaccine Alex was given, and her narcolepsy, before we could say whether a claim would be successful.


If you want someone to look into this further for you can contact our specialist Medical Negligence Team on 0191 2131010/