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14-year-old Girl Dies After Cervical Cancer Jab in Britain

by Rajashri on September 29, 2009 at 9:20 PM
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 14-year-old Girl Dies After Cervical Cancer Jab in Britain

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Hours after taking what appeared to be a routine shot of Cervarix vaccine at her school, 14-year-old girl Natalie Morton died, leaving health authorities to puzzle over what exactly caused her death.

Natalie was apparently healthy and did not have any underlying condition. Authorities at the Coventry City Council will carry out an autopsy to determine the cause of death. School principal, Julie Roberts said that some other girls also reported feeling unwell and had to be sent home.

"As with any medical intervention ... one can, on rare occasions, see tragic consequences," said Professor Malcolm McCrae, virologist at the University of Warwick. "But overall this is an extremely well tested vaccine which has been produced in response to a critical health issue — cervical cancer — a disease responsible for almost 1,000 deaths annually in the UK."

This is the first time that the vaccine has been linked to a death. No concerns have been raised either in Europe of America where the jab is routinely administered to girls.


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