Child gets €4,000 for jab without consent
A FOUR-year-old child who was given a anti-flu vaccine at school without her parents' consent has been awarded €4,000 damages.
Judge Matthew Deery heard that Niamh Fleming had been taken from her classroom in a Dublin city centre school and inoculated against the H1N1virus.
Barrister Frank Crean said Niamh's mother Caroline, of Canon Lillis Avenue, Seville Place, North Strand, Dublin, had signed a form indicating she did not consent to the administration of the vaccine to her daughter at St Laurence O'Toole National School.
The school and the Health Service Executive were inoculating pupils on February 15, 2010, when Niamh had been taken from her classroom and administered the vaccine by injection into her left arm.
He told the court the vaccination had taken place against the mother's instructions.
In a Civil Bill claiming damages on her daughter's behalf, Ms Fleming alleged that representatives of both defendants had "falsely imprisoned, assaulted and battered" Niamh who had suffered personal injuries.
She had a somewhat painful arm following the injection but did not have any other complaints after the vaccination.
Niamh's GP advised her mother about potential side-effects of the vaccine, but the now six-year-old schoolgirl did not suffer any further adverse reaction.
Mr Crean said the defendants had offered a figure of €4,000 in settlement to the claim.
Judge Deery approved the settlement in the Circuit Civil Court.