Update November 26, 2013. Orac, a physician, goes into depth on how the anti-vaccine movement is exploiting Mrs. Webb's beliefs about Mr. Webb's illness and death.
Chandler Blake Webb died at the age of 19. I have the deepest sympathy for his suffering prior to death, and the loss suffered by his parents and his family and his friends.
Mr. Webb had an influenza immunization the day before he became ill. He was hospitalized some days later, and 28 days later, he died.
His mother, or his parents, refused to permit a complete post-mortem pathological examination (an autopsy).
His mother believes his illness and death was caused by the influenza vaccine, a belief she formed before his death. Her belief was stated in his obituary, and this belief has been widely reported. I am sure his mother is sincere in her belief about the cause of her son's death.
It is to be deeply regretted that his family refused an autopsy, as the true cause of his death will never be known.
"Chandler had a brain biopsy, that is why I didn't allow an autopsy. He was tested and tested by the infectious control, the CDC every test came back negative...negative for meningitis...negative for lymphoma, negative for tics. They even checked him for rabies. He was negative for every fungus, bacteria and virus. He was tested for tics, herpes, anything and everything... Everything NEGATIVE. Encephalitis is a secondary symptom, yes he did have that. People should be informed of the negative side effects that the inserts in each box of vaccine contain. Also, wouldn't it be nice if when someone enters an ER with these symptoms, that the Dr.'s would ask if they had recently had a vaccine. This should have been the first thing they checked instead of the last. So So Sad."
On another thread, a knowlegable individual posted,
"Autopsies allow much more detailed exams of ALL parts of the brain than a biopsy. Refusing to allow an autopsy is not going to help prevent the next one - if there was a problem.
Reasons to think it's NOT the vaccine: If it were a bad lot, there would have been dozens or hundreds of cases. If it were "teh toxins" there would be thousands of cases.
My own gut feeling ... it was viral meningitis, caused by a virus that hasn't been identified yet, whose main host is in animals. Hanta virus went unnoticed in the USA until 1993 ... then serological studies showed that the elderly members of the tribe had antibodies."
The newspaper reports,
Utah Department of Health officials did not go into specifics about the case, though a spokesman said the department was aware of the case.
Another state health official late Friday offered a statement.
“Our epidemiology staff have commented that although they have no evidence of a flu vaccine, or any other kind of vaccine, causing this type of reaction/outcome, they take these reports very seriously and they are thoroughly investigated by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),” the statement read.
On Fox and Friends (a show with a previous record of advancing the anti-vaccine agenda),
Webb said there's "no doubt" in her mind that if they had focused on the flu vaccine from the start that her son would still be alive....
"He was so healthy. He was pure. He should have been able to fight the flu. I wish he would have gotten the flu rather than this vaccination," said Webb.
There is, of course, no evidence for her belief.
- November 22, 2013 http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591185/Utah-woman-claims-flu-shot-caused-teenage-sons-death.html
- November 22, 2013 http://www.ksl.com/?sid=27747957&nid=148
- November 22, 2012 http://fox13now.com/2013/11/22/utah-mother-says-her-son-died-due-to-flu-shot/
- November 25, 2013 http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/11/25/heartbroken-mother-fox-and-friends-healthy-teenage-son-chandler-webb-died-after-routine