Managing Editor's Note: Our condolences to the Mattens. Without sensationalizing a tragedy, keep in mind that a case of whooping cough or measles is written up in the media as an immediate cause for alarm and action (vaccination.) This article calls for calm. Interesting.
Nicole and Justin Matten of Barton have lived every parent’s worst nightmare. On December 2 their 7-year-old daughter, Kaylynne, visited her physician for an annual checkup. She got a flu shot. The next day, she developed a bad headache and fever. On December 6, the normally happy and healthy girl, who had no previous history of chronic health problems or adverse reactions to vaccines, turned blue, stopped breathing and died in her mother’s arms.
“They worked on her for about three hours and did everything they could, but they just couldn’t get her back,” Nicole Matten says of her second child, who was a first-grader at Barton Graded School.
The state medical examiner has yet to determine the girl’s exact cause of death; the autopsy report is due within a few weeks. State health officials are also investigating the tragedy. Any child’s death “puts a hole in everyone’s gut, and when one dies, we all have to ask a lot of questions,” says Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen.
“We’re just waiting for an answer,” says Kaylynne’s mom, “but we believe in our hearts that it was the flu shot.” Read the full story at 7DVT.com