UK Teen Dies After HPV Vaccination

14-year-old has 'rare but extreme reaction'; batch quarantined after others report trouble
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2009 8:42 PM CDT
A Georgia teen receives the HPV vaccine.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A 14-year-old British girl died yesterday after receiving the vaccine against human papillomavirus, and the National Health Service has quarantined the batch after three other girls reported unpleasant side effects. Her school is telling parents the girl had a “rare but extreme reaction” to the shot, which is commonly administered to teen girls in the US, UK and elsewhere and is intended to protect against cervical cancer.