Last Updated Feb 24, 2010 5:44 PM EST
The "link" between a vaccine inoculation and any death that occurs after it quickly morphs into a permanent Internet meme, and the correct information -- emerging months later -- doesn't stand a chance. Here's one example, and another and another.
The best example of this phenomenon was the death of Natalie Morton (pictured) after she received one of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)'s Cervarix vaccines for HPV and cervical cancer. The British teen collapsed suddenly after receiving the jab. A few days later it emerged in an autopsy that she had a large, pre-existing tumor in her chest that could have killed her at any second. Here's the fact-free reaction of one anti-vaccine blogger:
Where does the truth lie? ... Because I still don't believe in coincidence. Not when it comes to vaccines.Part of the difficulty in convincing people that vaccines are not a plot to kill babies lies with the news cycle. "Child vaccine death!" is a pretty good headline when all you know is that a child died shortly after receiving a jab. It's hard for the media to give equal play to "Child died of unremarkable natural causes" weeks later.
How likely is it that a 14 year old girl can have a massive heart / lung tumour of the type which the coroners claim she had -- and still be totally asymptomatic?
But that's no excuse for willful ignorance. I'm using an old family photo of Morton not because I think it's cool to use her death to make my point, but rather because after she died, her older sister Abigail got the same vaccine. She says:
I really want other girls and their parents to consider the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.If only others were as rational as this 18-year-old.
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