Criminal Law Commissioner, Professor Penney Lewis, has warned that anyone who sends flashing images to people with epilepsy, provoking a seizure, could potentially be guilty of an offence such as assault causing actual bodily harm.
Epilepsy Society welcomes new proposals from the Law Commission to reform the law and better protect people from online harm. The news follows an ongoing campaign by the charity to make it a criminal offence to target people with epilepsy with malicious posts designed to trigger seizures.
We recently shared with you news that people with epilepsy were to be included in the free flu vaccine group. We have since been told this is not the case and the Department of Health and Social Services have admitted this was their mistake. We are very sorry for the confusion this has caused and continue to campaign relentlessly on this issue, but meantime want to reassure you that you are still entitled to request a free flu vaccine from your GP and we have a letter from our Medical Director to support your request .
The GIF library GIPHY have taken prompt action to reduce the risk for people with photosensitive epilepsy online, following Epilepsy Society’s concerns about harmful content in the library.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent surveys looking at the impact of excessively high temperatures on seizures. These have provided us with some invaluable insight into the link between the two and will help to influence our work as we experience increasingly hot summers.
We have been informed by Teva that Zonisamide 50mg and 100mg are currently out of stock and stock is expected to return in December 2020. This is due to a manufacturing issue.