PEOPLE: Second boy dies after flu shot, tests negative for flu


A mother from Michigan is warning parents about influenza after her sixth-grader, who received the flu vaccination, suddenly showed symptoms a few weeks later and tragically died within days.

After 12-year-old Michael Messenger vomited while eating dinner with his family on Jan. 9, his mother, Jessica Decent-Doll, took him to an urgent care center near their home when he still felt ill the next evening. Physicians screened Michael for the flu, and a rapid test for the virus came up negative. With his vitals coming back normal, doctors gave Michael fluids and prescribed anti-nausea medication to ease his vomiting.1

However, he continued to get worse and on January 11th his parents found him in his room with his eyes open but totally unresponsive, struggling to breathe.

Michael’s father performed CPR until the paramedics arrived. He was immediately transported to St. John River District Hospital and pronounced dead about an hour and a half later.

The family is currently awaiting an autopsy report to determine what exactly killed their son. Although his mother confirmed that he had received a flu shot weeks ago.

His mother said, “Don’t wait, it’s all I can say. This flu or whatever is going around (my emphasis) this year is unbelievably dangerous.”2

Even though the CDC recognizes that their shot is only about 10% effective (although some reports have moved that number up to more than 30% for some people) this year, they are still urging everyone to get it.

GoFundMe account has been started for Michael’s family to help with funeral expenses and so far more than $12,000 has been raised.

We cannot imagine their pain. We are so, so sorry for their loss.

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Sources and References

  1. People, January 20, 2018.
  2. The Times-Herald, January 16, 2018.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • Joel W

    Kind of like the 10 year old last week who had pneumonia when he died, but the ‘flu’ (which I can all but guarantee he tested negative for, and feel safe assuming he had his shot) was the real culprit. But when the CDC lumps influenza & pneumonia deaths into the same category why bother with specifics or pesky facts, so long as more people get their toxic injections that admittedly are only 10% effective.

  • :)

    and probably damages the immune system!

  • Joel W

    That’s an understatement for sure. And I feel safe saying its not a ‘side effect’ either.

  • Pat Swanson

    It says they gave him anti-nausea medication, do we know what it was? Was he given Tami-flu? This could be my Grand-son or nephew. It makes me sad and angry to continue hearing stories like this. Friends ask why I’m relentless in posting about vaccine safety, yet they seldom comment on the information. If our efforts can save even one life, then it’s worth losing a few Facebook friends or alienating family members. Please post the autopsy results. Let’s pray they are honest in the reporting.

  • xstratusx

    Hard to say until the autopsy comes back.

  • finding solutions

    and she still promotes flu vaccines…..

  • Valtam Nord

    I wonder if the autopsy results will ever appear posted here – I doubt it. There’s a whole lot of medical research literature about the clinical and pathological findings related to sudden death in children and adolescents – Sudden death can most often attributed (29%) to undiagnosed congenital cardiac structural anomalies or cardiac arrhythmias. Following cardiac issues, statistically identified causes are pulmonary disorders (18%) and neurological disorders (15%).