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September 29, 2009

Natalie Morton

Natalie Morton has just died aged 14. She died as a result of receiving the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.

Whether this was a rogue batch of the vaccine or whether it was simply a reaction to the vaccine itself is not as yet known. However, we knew that someone, somewhere, was going to die as a result of the vaccination program. For someone always does die as a result of a vaccination program.

Yes, sadly, this is true: there are always some who suffer a reaction to a vaccine and in rare cases it will indeed kill some of them. This does not mean that a vaccine is (necessarily) a bad idea. What matters is whether more people are killed by the vaccination program than are saved by it. With some diseases the calculation is simple: smallpox for example. That disease would regularly take percentage points of the population in sweeps through the society: a few deaths here and there are a small price to pay to avoid such horrors. With HPV the numbers are smaller: it is estimated that the vaccine program will save 700 lives a year.

 

If Natalie Morton's death was indeed a reaction against the vaccine, rather than a rogue batch, then she is part of the price that is paid to avoid those 700 deaths. Apologies if this all sounds a little cold and bloodthirsty but that is indeed how public health calculations are made.


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She had serious underlying health problems. The jab did NOT cause her death.

Posted by: John | Sep 30, 2009 12:03:42 AM

John is right. The pathologist determined that she had a very advanced tumor in her heart and lungs which could have caused death at any time.

Posted by: Antaeus Feldspar | Oct 8, 2009 5:10:46 AM