Lawsuit filed over side effects of HPV vaccine

The Associated Press reports that, on behalf of her teenage daughter, an Albuquerque, N.M., woman has sued the producer of a vaccine that is supposed to protect women from cervical cancer.

Merck & Co., the maker of Gardasil, allegedly caused the unnamed 16-year-old girl "physical and behavioral problems."

The drug, a prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccine, is intended to prevent initial HPV infections before they are able to develop in young women. The vaccine is administered in a three-shot series. The vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 2006 but is not considered a replacement for routine pap smears.

Plaintiff Tracy Wolf claimed, however, that her daughter's seizure disorder, encephalitis and other health problems are the result of receiving the shots, The Associated Press reports.

The teenager, according to the lawsuit, was previously diagnosed with type-1 diabetes and mild cerebral palsy before receiving Gardasil shots, according to The Associate Press.

"Our main goal is to get this off the market," Wolf told Albuquerque TV station KOAT. "Get this off the market and get them to stop."

The lawsuit was filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims on the heels of another lawsuit claiming the vaccine caused the death of a 16-year-old girl in Missouri. 

Merck & Co. has not filed yet a response to the New Mexico woman's lawsuit.