PM tight-lipped over Sam, 11, and others stricken by vaccine

AN 11-year-old boy left with severe neurological issues following a vaccination has had his case raised in parliament.

Sam Forbes, from Batley, developed 14 severe or chronic conditions after he received the Pandemrix vaccination for swine flu when he was four.

His family have been locked in a legal dispute with the government, which underwrote the vaccine.

They are yet to receive an apology for the damage caused to Sam, or payments to secure his long-term care.

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “I have just come from a Westminster Hall debate on behalf of my 11-year-old constituent Sam, who developed narcolepsy as a result of receiving the Pandemrix vaccine to protect him from swine flu.

“Sam’s mother Di now sits in the public gallery.

“In these rare but devastating cases, the link between Pandemrix and narcolepsy has been proven and yet families like Di’s face long legal battles with government.

“Will the Prime Minister today promise that no more of these disabled children will be hounded through the courts, apologise to the families involved and oversee payments to support the children’s long-term care needs?”

Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated Ms Brabin on securing her Westminster Hall debate.

But she did not promise that no other children would have to go through the court system and she did not commit to oversee payments to support affected families.

Said Di (inset): “Life after the vaccine is totally changed, our son needs 24/7 care, including getting up several times during the night.

“He is in almost continuous pain, has severe headaches every day, he’s not able to go anywhere without careful planning, needs scheduled naps and has several specialist meetings every month, so misses school. Sam is scared for his future, we are frightened for his safety.”

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