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Girl Dies After Routine Cancer Vaccination

29 Sep 09

Health chiefs have launched a "full and urgent" investigation into the death of a 14-year-old girl after she was given a cervical cancer vaccine (Cervarix) at a school in Coventry. Although the exact cause of death is unknown, the batch of the vaccine used has been placed into quarantine as a "precautionary measure" whilst the investigation is completed.

Dr Caron Grainger, joint director of public health for NHS Coventry and Coventry City Council said: "The incident happened shortly after the girl had received her HPV vaccine in the school. No link can be made between the death and the vaccine until all the facts are known and a post-mortem takes place... We are conducting an urgent and full investigation into the events surrounding this tragedy."

A small number of girls at the school had also reported mild symptoms such as dizziness and nausea but were not admitted to hospital.
The injection of GSK's Cervarix, - part of a UK immunisation programme aimed at 12 and 13-year-old girls, started in 2008, protects against the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease linked to most cervical cancers.

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