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How The Media Made A Scare Story From Natalie Morton’s Cancer Jab Death

by | 30th, September 2009

morton2NATALIE Morton died soon after being injected with the anti cervical cancer jab and the papers went bonkers, making a link between the jab and the death of a 14-year-old girl.

One day one and:

Preliminary results of a post mortem examination on the Coventry schoolgirl showed there was no causal link between her death and the vaccine

Dr Caron Grainger, joint director of public health for NHS Coventry and Coventry City Council said: ‘The preliminary post mortem results have revealed a rare serious underlying medical condition which was likely to have caused death.

‘We are awaiting further test results which will take some time. However indications are that it was most unlikely that the HPV vaccination was the cause of death.’

But the fear has been spread, and the Telegraph which yesterday delivered:

But since April last year the MHRA has received more than 2,000 reports of suspected reactions to the vaccine, including 409 related to anaphylactic shock, which can be rapidly fatal.

But, er, weren’t. Still, one girl’s tragic death can be a bigger news story if you put your mind to it. Says the Telegraph:

Cervical cancer vaccinations programmes paused after Natalie Morton’s death – Cervical cancer vaccinations in several parts of the country have been put on hold as parents voice fears about the treatment following the death of 14-year-old Natalie Morton.

In the London Evening Standard, Dr Christian Jessen rubs his chin:

The vaccination programme of young secondary-school girls began in September last year and since then there have been 1,340 reports of adverse reactions. Most were minor complaints such as rashes, nausea, swelling on the injection site, pain or allergic reactions. But some cases caused more serious concern: four girls had convulsions, one had a seizure and one an epileptic fit. There were also several cases of paralysis, including Bell’s palsy, which paralyses the face, and one case of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which paralyses the legs.

The good doctor’s piece is entitled – get this:

Cervarix Vaccine death is tragic but let’s not panic

Too late…

Natalie Morton, Cervical Cancer And A Scare Story

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