Last update: May 3, 2010 – 4:16 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque woman has filed a lawsuit over a vaccine intended to protect women from cervical cancer, alleging it caused physical and behavioral problems in her teenage daughter.
The lawsuit filed by Tracy Wolf said her now-16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, encephalitis and other health problems after receiving Gardasil’s three-shot series in 2007 and 2008, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story Monday.
Wolf observed physical problems such as heart palpitations and “significant, negative changes” in her daughter’s behavior about a month after the first injection, according to the lawsuit, which said the teen had been diagnosed with type-1 diabetes and mild cerebral palsy before receiving Gardasil.
The lawsuit was filed April 14 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., against the secretary of Health and Human Services. Wolf’s attorney, William Ronan of Overland Park, Kan., said lawsuits alleging harm by vaccines must initially be filed there. He filed a similar lawsuit in January on behalf of a Kansas girl.