The medical examiner says that the HPV vaccine she was administered was safe and not the cause of her death that same day. Instead, it appears she suffered an overdose of antihistamines.
A much-touted vaccine given to teens and preteens to prevent cancers caused by a sexually transmitted virus did not cause or contribute to the death of a 12-year-old Waukesha girl whose mother found her unresponsive in their home on July 30, the Waukesha County medical examiner said Wednesday.
Diphenhydramine intoxication — ingestion of a lethal level of an antihistamine — caused the death of Meredith Prohaska, though the manner of death is undetermined, Medical Examiner Lynda Biedrzycki said in a prepared statement.
“There is no evidence that any vaccination caused or contributed to her death,” Biedrzycki said.
The damage has been done as many people around the world erroneous believe there is a connection between vaccines and immediate harm. Sadly, I’d bet the clarification will NOT reach nearly all the people who swallowed the allegations without thought.
The distraught mother told the media that she suspected her daughter had an allergic reaction to the human papillomavirus vaccine, HPV, about six hours after the vaccine was administered in a doctor’s office. It was irresponsible for anyone to make such a serious allegation that may have serious consequences. It is the parental instinct to want to warn others of dangers to their own children. However, vaccination scare-mongering has ramifications for society as we have seen with regards to anti-vax campaigns against MMR (deliberately linked to autism) and pertussis.
Ignorant, mouthy politician Michele Bachman stole headlines by her ridiculous remarks about the HPV vaccine in 2011.
Bachmann claims HPV vaccine might cause ‘mental retardation’.
People will latch on to the fear where no disconfirming evidence can enter. This is a serious public health problem, difficult to combat.
American Academy of Pediatrics says STFU to Michele Bachmann.