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HPV vaccine 'most unlikely' to have caused girl's death

By Ian Quinn

A 14-year-old girl who died following a routine HPV vaccination had serious underlying medical problems and the vaccine was highly unlikely to have caused her death, a post mortem has found.

Coventry teenager Natalie Morton was taken ill at her school shortly after she had received her Cervarix vaccination and later died in hospital.

Local NHS chiefs this week launched a ‘full investigation' and withdrew the batch of HPV vaccine used at the school and the case had raised questions about the safety of the HPV vaccination programme.

However, a statement from Dr Caron Grainger, joint director of public health for NHS Coventry and Coventry City Council said yesterday: ‘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.'

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