Hep B Vaccine – Shots in the Dark

Shots in the dark.

Author: Blevins, Sue A.

Source: Reason v. 31 no3 (July 1999) p. 49-51

ISSN: 0048-6906 Number: BRDG99052599

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Lyla Rose Belkin was an alert and lively baby at five weeks old. Her parents, Michael and Lorna Belkin, say she had never been sick until she received a mandatory hepatitis B shot on September 16, 1998. “That night she became agitated and feisty,” her father recalls. “Then she fell asleep and never woke up.” Doctors told the Belkins that Lyla must have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a catchall diagnosis.

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