Cambridgeshire

Katie Clack death: Swine flu jab 'gave nurse sleep disorder'

Katie Clack Image copyright Family of Katie Clack
Image caption Miss Clack had been told she had to be vaccinated to stay in her job

A nursery nurse developed the sleep disorder narcolepsy after being given a swine flu vaccine, an inquest ruled.

Katie Clack, 23, from Peterborough, committed suicide by jumping from the Queensgate Centre in September 2014.

She had suffered excessive daytime sleepiness, hallucinations and sleep paralysis since the injection in 2009.

Miss Clack was required to get the vaccine for her job. Within days her health deteriorated and she struggled to stay awake, the court heard.

Acting South Lincolnshire coroner Paul Cooper said in a narrative verdict studies showed there were "significantly raised odds of narcolepsy" after being given the Pandemrix vaccine.

He added: "Narcolepsy also triggers depression. Katie also suffered psychotic episodes."

The inquest heard a serious incident investigation report by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust found there were some delays in Miss Clack's treatment for narcolepsy.

But Mr Cooper added: "Even with treatment narcolepsy can exert a severe, adverse impact upon quality of life.

"I do not presume that suicide should be a conclusion but I make a finding that Katie certainly intended to take her own life."

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