A 14-year-old healthy boy has died after being given two doses of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, a doctor has reported. Joel Gomez died from heart failure just a few hours after he was given the second shot.
Joel`s parents are claiming damages from the US`s Vaccine Injury Compensation, and are being supported by Dr Sing Hang Lee, a medical examiner who has reviewed the case.
Dr Lee believes the vaccine caused a heart attack, although the actual cause of death was hypotension, a sudden drop in blood pressure. Joel, who was a keen athlete, died in his sleep on August 19, 2013, just hours after he had been given his second Gardasil shot.
Dr Lee advises that children should stay away from all competitive sports and strenuous exercise for at least two months after having the vaccination, and should have regular heart monitoring.