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HPV vaccine did not cause girl's death, say officials

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The death of a 14-year-old-girl soon after she was given the HPV vaccine is most likely due to a ‘serious underlying medical condition’, health officials have said.

Natalie Morton died in hospital after she was given the jab at Blue Coat Church of England School in Coventry on Monday.

Joint director of public health for NHS Coventry and Coventry City Council, Dr Caron Grainger, said early post-mortem results showed it was ‘most unlikely’ that the injection against HPV caused the death.

Schools and primary care trusts have temporarily suspended immunisations and the batch of Cervarix vaccine used has been quarantined by the NHS, while GlaxoSmithKline recalled the batch for further testing.

Parents are now being reassured by health workers that the vaccination programme will continue with fresh supplies.

Philip Stevens, director of health at the International Policy Network, said the chance of developing a severe, life-threatening reaction to the vaccine was around one in a million.

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  • "Philip Stevens, director of health at the International Policy Network, said the chance of developing a severe, life-threatening reaction to the vaccine was around one in a million."

    And some reports say 1.4 million vaccines have been given.....go figure.

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