WAUKESHA, Wis. — The unexplained death of a healthy 12-year-old girl may have its roots in a doctor visit.
Meredith Prohaska was an active, vibrant girl. When she went to the doctor for a sore throat and an HPV vaccine, nothing was out of the ordinary.
A few hours later she was unresponsive and soon after died at the hospital.
Doctors were stumped, and an autopsy report rules her cause of death as inconclusive.
“The only thing different about that day was that shot. I wish I would’ve known more about it before I agreed to it,” her mother Rebecca Prohaska said.
Rebecca Prohaska and her husband Mark believe the vaccine is to blame, citing possible side effects they did not consider. However, Dr. Geoffrey Swain of the Milwaukee Health Department said the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks and others should not avoid it because of this scare.
“Vaccines in general, and the HPV vaccine in particular, are very, very safe. It’s a very safe vaccine and very effective,” Swain said.