'Most Unlikely' HPV Shot Killed UK Teen

Health officials cite 'serious underlying condition,' though girl's school disputes it
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 9:27 PM CDT
Flowers at the gate of Blue Coat Church of England School in Coventry, England, today after a pupil from the school died after receiving the HPV1 Cervarix jab.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The British teen who died after being vaccinated against human papillomavirus had “a serious underlying medical condition,” health officials said today, and it is “most unlikely” that the shot, intended to prevent cervical cancer, killed 14-year-old Natalie Morton. An official at Morton’s school is skeptical. “I have seen Natalie’s file,” he tells the Telegraph, “and there is nothing on it to suggest that she had any underlying health problems.”