A teenage boy, vaccinated against four strains of bacterial meningitis, became ill with a deadly form of meningitis just months after receiving the vaccine. Within 72 hours after contracting meningitis, 19-year-old Lewis Hilton lost motor control, stopped breathing on his own, and passed away.
Hilton was an active rugby player who was promised protection from meningitis when he got the quadrivalent vaccine last September. The National Health Services confirmed that a deadly strain of meningitis ultimately overtook his body, sending him into paralysis and death.
When he fell ill with flu like symptoms, Hilton’s father took him from work. He didn’t have any purple rash, a sign of typical meningitis infection. The flu was ruled out because meningitis infection affects the spinal cord, the brain lining and limb movement.