SALT LAKE CITY - A high school graduate is dead and his mother believes it's because of a flu shot.
Lori Webb is beyond grateful to the doctors who tried to save her son, and she said even they can't agree on what killed Chandler Webb.
She said his health unraveled right after a flu shot.
"You can't describe how hard it is to lose a child," Lori Webb said. "I hate that I have to bury my son," she said
A month ago, Chandler Webb, 19, was his typical happy and healthy self.
Gearing up for an LDS mission, he went to a Sandy Pediatrician for a physical.
"This was his first flu shot, he never had one before," Lori Webb said.
And less than 24 hours later, he became violently ill.
"He said he never shook so hard his whole life," Lori Webb said. "He had the worst headache, throw up."
On October 23 he ended up at IMC in Murray with a team of six doctors trying to understand why the 19 year-old was so ill.
"They checked every virus, every tick, every fungus," Lori Webb said.
The tests came back negative. Lori Webb says doctors dismissed the flu vaccine.
Only one said it was a possibility. By that point, his brain swelled, he slipped into a coma he would never wake up from.
"He was 19, he was so happy, I hate what he went through in the hospital. When you're in a coma, you still suffer," Lori Webb said.
"It certainly is a tragedy," said Dr. Allyn Nakashima.
Nakashima is the state epidemiologist and is aware of chandler's case.
Health officials say, as far they know, there's never been a death in Utah due to the flu vaccine. But Nakashima says it is possible.
"We certainly have seen associations of encephalitis or encephalitis type illness following flu vaccine," she said. "It's very rare and we can't necessarily say there's a cause and effect here, we can say there's an association."
If the flu vaccine took Chandler Webb's life, Nakashima says it's one of those extremely rare cases, and she hopes it doesn't discourage the public from getting flu shots.
"We have probably anywhere from 6,000 to 50,000 deaths per year due to flu in this country every year and many of those could be saved by administration of the flu vaccine so at this point we wouldn't change those recommendations," Nakashima said.
Courtesy: KSTU, CNN Newsource