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A family is in mourning after their toddler unexpectedly died less than 12 hours after receiving a seasonal flu vaccination.

Two-year-old twin Ashley Jade Epapara had been “perfectly fine” before dying at her Upper Mt Gravatt home, on Brisbane’s southside, on April 9. Parents David and Nicole are shattered by the mysterious death of their baby girl. “It’s dreadful, it’s a very hard time,” Mr Epapara said yesterday.

National health authorities have ordered doctors to stop giving seasonal influenza vaccinations to children under five after dozens of serious reactions, including convulsions.

Ashley’s death is being investigated by police and the office of the coroner. A spokesman for Brisbane coroner John Lock confirmed yesterday that a report was being prepared.

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it's unbelievable to give vaccins against something like that,it's good to have flue sometimes,good for the immune system that's why it's around


Yes and it's very reassuring to see they test to prevent this before useing them on human babies.
(04-26-2010, 06:47 PM)srijantje Wrote: [ -> ]it's unbelievable to give vaccins against something like that,it's good to have flue sometimes,good for the immune system that's why it's around
i'm glad you said sometimes sj because sometimes it's not so good, like when a particularly bad strain kills you.

as for it being good for the immune system, not true really because flu strains mutate. sometimes the flu strain learns to stop the antibodies.

it's one of the reasons we're using nth generation antibiotics. these fuckers evolve.

as for the dead kid. it's definitely a shame but i'd expect some casualties.
how many casualties have there been so far anyone have a source?

i'd also expect some allergic reactions, like with the polio vaccine etc.


I know that or I am told that people die from the flu but in my life time I have never seen someone that has. I personally have never had a flu shot nore has any person in my family. Yes from time to time we get the flu.
I have friends that get flu shots every year and every year they get extreemly sick with the flu. I mean sick enough that they can't work, but they swear by the flu shot. It seems a bit odd to me that most of the people that I know personally who do not get the shots, very rarely get the flu and when they do it is more of a cold than anything else. In contrast the people I know that get the shots get really sick.
I am sure I must be missing something here as I certainly don't believe that having a flu shot that comes with any risk of death or other complications to an otherwise healthy person is something that is a good idea. Confused


Vaccines should be saved for very serious viral attacks such as TB, tetanus and hopefully one day HIV. These are attacks that our antibodies cannot properly defend themselves against.

By giving vaccines for something as common as (in)flu(enza) you're helping the mutation of the virus into more dangerous strains which you are less likely to be able to resist.

So let the kids have the cold. Or the flu. But this was a 2 year old baby and as tragic as the story is, it's not unheard of,albeit rare, (as Benny mentioned) for babies to die of common viral infections.