Confirmed: Death of girl IS NOT vaccine-related

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.

Medical examiner: Girl’s death not caused by HPV vaccination

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.

  5 comments for “Confirmed: Death of girl IS NOT vaccine-related

  1. busterggi
    October 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Facts never get in the way of anti-vaxers or other conspiracy types.

  2. October 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    I hate my own headline. People might not see the “NOT” in it.

  3. Lagaya1
    October 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Does anyone know why she was taking antihistamines? Was she expecting an allergic reaction?

  4. skeptictmac57
    October 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Apparently the full medical examiner’s report is not yet available according to local reporters,so more detail may still emerge.
    It bothers me that this 12 year old would have ingested a lethal dose of Diphenhydramine,which probably would have been at a minimum, 10 25mg pills,(and probably much more) by accident. Surely the mom didn’t give her that many? The mom was an EMT,so probably would know better.Sometimes combination cold preparations have multiple active ingredients that,combined with stand alone antihistamines might get you half way there,but still,if the EMT mom was aware,she should probably know better.
    One account mentioned that she might be more vulnerable being a small child of 12,but pictures of her show that she is taller than her adult mother,and bulk wise,equivalent to an adult woman.
    Searches online reveal that some foolhardy people are using Diphenhydramine to get high,so there is always that worry,but no one has suggested that in this case so I assume they have no evidence for it.
    An additional tragedy here is that the great damage done to a safe vaccine that has the potential to save many lives and prevent needless health problems and financial burdens to people, has been done,and will continue to be shamelessly exploited for many years to come.
    Just as a personal note,I lost my wife of 28 years to cervical cancer,so this issue resonates with me to the core.

  5. November 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    There’s also the possibility of suicide: diphenhydramine is also marketed and used as an over-the-counter sleep aid; overdosing on sleeping pills is a well publicized method of attempted suicide and diphenhydramine marketed as such would be the most accessible form of sleeping pills to a kid her age.

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