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Chest tumor cause of 14-year-old UK teen death

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on October 1, 2009

The 14-year-old British teen that collapsed and died a few hours after receiving the HPV vaccine, apparently had a “large malignant tumor of unknown origin in the heart and lungs” which caused her death, Bloomberg reports. There is no indication that the vaccine had anything to do with this. Hopefully this will lay this matter to rest. Realistically, the woo woos are never persuaded by the evidence. They’ll cry conspiracy and cover up and keep on with their bullshit.

Preliminary autopsy reveals underlying condition for british girl who died hours after receiving cancer vaccine

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on September 29, 2009

Natalie Morton, the 14-year-old british girl who collapsed and died a few hours after receiving the HPV vaccine, seems to have had a “serious underlying medical condition”, an NHS Trust has said. No more details were provided at this time as an in depth post mortem is to be performed.

In the mean time, the NHS maintains that the vaccine is “most unlikely” to have caused this unfortunate tragedy, and earlier today the British Government resumed the vaccination program which was temporarily halted when this happened. Also, the vaccine manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, is recalling the batch for further testing. The response of both the government and the vaccine maker seem appropriate at this time.

More than 1.4 million doses have been given out so far, of which there have been 4,657 suspected reactions reported (about 0.33% or 1 in 300), and the adverse effects were: headache, nausea, dizziness, sore arm and rash. Those numbers imply that the vaccine is very safe indeed, and trying to draw a causal connection between the vaccine itself and this girl’s death is flimsy at best, especially if we consider the new announcement about the underlying condition. I will report new developments as they become public.