Wisconsin middle-school girl dies after getting vaccination

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The family of a 12-year-old Wisconsin girl says they’re wondering if there is any connection between her death and a visit to the doctor.

Rebecca Prohaska took her daughter, Meredith, to the doctor for a sore throat according to our sister station WITI. While she was there, Meredith had her first HPV vaccine at about 10:30 a.m.

A half-hour later, Meredith was falling asleep. Later that afternoon, Rebecca said, she went out for food and returned home to find her daughter on the floor.  Rebecca called 911 and performed CPR, but Meredith was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Meredith’s autopsy report ruled her cause of death as inconclusive, WITI reported.

“It was the hardest thing when they called and said they don’t know. There was no reason. She was the healthiest 12-year-old,” Rebecca Prohaska said. “The only thing different about that day was that shot.”

“It has to be that vaccine,” said Meredith’s father, Mark Prohaska.

The risk of serious side effects from the HPV vaccine is about one in a million, according to Dr. Geoffrey Swain of the Milwaukee Health Department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 92% of the reactions reported were classified as ‘non-serious.’

The HPV vaccine is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine is given as a series of three injections over six months, and it protects against Human Papillomavirus infection and certain cancers and conditions associated with HPV.

The Prohaska family was awaiting results from more tests. Meredith’s funeral was planned for August 9.


  • Christie Hansen

    Yeah well that 1 in a million risk came about 999,999 to short for this family. This is why it is so important to know what vaccines to expose your child to and which are just no good for you. HPV in a 12 year old anyways? I would never expose my children to that shot, or the chicken pox or the flu. They are useless vaccines. IT is much better for your body to naturally go through the chicken pox, the flu and even HPV. HPV can be cured if you do regular visits to the gyno. It is NOT imparitive to have that shot. My kids can make up her own mind when they are 18.

    • That dude

      Until of course they catch the chicken pox at an older age and die a great and painful death. What are the chances, what’s the leverage? Don’t let the anti-vaccers scare you. Do your own research and you’ll quickly see how wrong they are.

  • andrea

    I want to know why if she was ill she was given a vaccine. .even when ur kids are younger they cant get shots when there sick..thats the biggest red flag for me..I won’t even get into my feelings about that particular vaccine

    • Lori

      Exactly! Someone who is sick should NEVER receive a vaccine. THAT is what they should be reporting on – NOT writing a headline trying to rile up those anti-vaxxers who would prefer to put their child and our communities at risk rather than have their children vaccinated properly.

  • Sean

    There are other children in the world that can never get a viral infection like influenza or chicken pox. I have a child that had a transplant and is on medicine that suppresses the immune system. Anytime one of his classmates have a viral infection, we have to pull him out of school, or run the risk of getting the virus and possibly rejecting his transplanted organ. If everyone vaccinated their children accordingly, families like ours can sleep easier that our child is safer and can maintain optimum health.

  • Kristina

    It is always sad when something like this happens. Especially unexpectedly with someone so young. My condolences to the family and friends.

    I understand the need for a reason, but that does not mean that it had anything to do with the vaccine. Just because one event happened after the other does not mean that the first caused the second. Correlation does not imply causation. there were many factors in this situation, I’m sure, which is why the doctors could not find a cause at this time.

    This article is irresponsible and I do not blame the family, I blame this news service. While I am sure that the doctors could not discuss her specific case because of HIPPA laws, the reporters could have talked to a doctor that knows about the vaccine and situations similar to this in order to give a medical perspective to this article.

  • Keer

    My daughters both had severe reactions to that vaccination series and my friend’s daughter had a seizure after getting her first shot. It is scary. My condolences go out to this young girl’s family and friends.

  • Joe

    Occam’s Razor should be applied here. You’ve got people saying that there is no way possible that the vaccine did this. Usually they are medical professionals and will defend to the death that vaccines are a necessary part of “health” in a first world country. There is the mother saying the only thing different with this child was the vaccine, sore throat or not, the symptoms she displayed are concurrent with the side effects of the vaccine. Mom said she was having trouble staying awake, vomited, her face was hot and lips purple ( read this from another article ). The right answer is usually the simplest. This one in a million BS is a crock. According to which study? Who funded it? What are the parameters for ” non serious side effects” ? How long were the follow ups?

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  • cyndi

    My oldest was paralized on the side he got his immunization on he crawled and dragged his leg for 3 days. I did my research snd wrote a paper on the ingredients and submitted to the school board and claimed religous beleifs be cause of the recumbinent ingredient (actual culture of lets say Rubella). They got them much later before college when their older bodies could handle the invasion better.

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