Girl dies after cervical cancer jab The teenager had the HPV jab at the Blue Coat Church of England School in Coventry as part of the national immunisation programme to protect women against the disease. An "urgent" investigation was launched following the pupil's death in hospital and the batch of Cervarix allocated to the school was quarantined as a "precautionary measure". Dr Caron Grainger, joint director for public health for NHS Coventry and Coventry City Council, said: "A 14-year-old girl took ill at a school in Coventry and was taken to University Hospital in the city where she later sadly died. "No link can be made between the death and the vaccine until all the facts are known and a post-mortem takes place." The HPV vaccine protects against two strains of human papillomavirus that cause more than 70 per cent of cases of cervical cancer in women. The NHS started the immunisation programme in September last year, offering vaccines to girls aged 12 and 13, and to 17 and 18-year-old girls.