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Young Girl Dies in Thailand Following HPV Vaccination

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An 11-year-old girl died on Aug. 30, 2020 after receiving an HPV (human papillomavirus infection) vaccine for cervical cancer at her school in Maha Rat, Thailand. It is unclear how much time elapsed between the time the girl was vaccinated and her death. It is also not clear if the death was caused by the vaccine.1 2 3

The child’s mother said that her daughter went to school with a fever. The doctor who administered the vaccine did not take the child’s temperature so he was unaware she had a fever when he vaccinated her.1 2

Aside from the fever, the girl, a fifth grader, was reportedly healthy. According to her mother, “My child developed angina (chest pains caused when the heart muscle does not receive enough oxygenated blood), vomited, and later died. My child had no underlying disease. She was healthy as usual.”1 2

The Ministry of Public Health of Thailand recommends HPV vaccination as part of its national vaccination program. It recommends two doses of the HPV vaccine be given six months apart. The Ministry has provided free HPV vaccinations, using both GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix and Merck’s Gardasil vaccines, for students in fifth grade since 2017.4 5

In 2017, 11 schoolgirls developed adverse reactions (tightness in the chest, palpitations and fatigue) after they were given the HPV vaccine at a health center in Ban Krang, Thailand. Five of the girls were hospitalized.6


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3 Responses

  1. It does seem that there can be quite a few serious results from vaccination. For now, I will take my chances. I am 81 years old and not doing it seems the best thing for me now.

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