Woman claims flu shot is responsible for son's death
By FOX News
A Utah mother is claiming that a flu shot is responsible for the recent death of her 19-year-old son.
Chandler Webb received the shot on October 15 during a routine
physical, after he had decided to go on a mission for The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The day after the exam, Chandler
became extremely ill – suffering from vomiting and headaches. A little
more than a week later, Chandler slipped into a coma and spent nearly a
month on life support at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.
While at the hospital, Chandler underwent a variety tests, but his doctors couldn't confirm what had caused his illness.
Chandler was eventually taken off life support and died early Tuesday
morning. His mother, Lori Webb, said that his direct cause of death was
swelling of the brain – something she believes was the result of an
adverse reaction to the influenza vaccination.
"What attacked his brain happened so quickly within 15 hours," Webb
said on Fox and Friends. "From one CT scan to the next, there was so
much pressure and swelling on the brain that it crushed his brain stem."
According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, Webb has declined
an autopsy, as she believes that a pending brain biopsy will reveal
Chandler's cause of death. A spokesperson for Intermountain told the
Tribune that Chandler's doctors are legally prohibited from speaking
about his case.
Tom Hudachko, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Health, said
that the agency is aware of Chandler's death, but they cannot verify
whether or not it was caused by the flu shot. Hudachko said the
department has no record of any Utah residents ever dying from the flu
shot and that reactions to the vaccine are incredibly rare.
"Like with other medical procedures, there can be side effects and
adverse reactions," he said. "In the vast majority of those cases the
side effects are not very severe — soreness at the injection site, low
fever, achiness. Occasionally, yes, there are more severe side effects
from receiving the vaccine."
Webb said before getting the shot, her son was very healthy and had a
very positive outlook on life. She maintained she isn't trying to
discourage others from getting the flu shot, but she hopes people will
educate themselves about the possible side effects of the vaccine.
"[Chandler] didn't deserve this," Webb said on Fox and Friends. "His
last words before he crashed into his coma was, 'Doctors, save me.'"