Lawsuit claims 15-year-old given HPV vaccine against her will

Lawsuit claims 15-year-old given HPV vaccine against her will

SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - Canopy Children's Solutions in Saucier is the target of a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that a 15-year-old girl being treated at the psychiatric facility was forced to receive the HPV vaccine - even though her mother didn't give consent.

Attorney David Harris says his client Autumn Bailey not only disapproved of the vaccination being given, but her daughter also objected at the time.

"This young lady physically protested being put in a van, and taken away from the facility, and taken to the health department for the health department to inject her with this drug," Harris said.

The HPV vaccination prevents the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, but is known to have side effects. Harris says no doctor or medical professional ordered the vaccination for Bailey's daughter. A social worker reportedly took the teen to get the vaccine.

"There's nothing in the records that we can we've been able to review that shows that this was medically necessary and it wasn't part of a treatment plan," said Harris.

Canopy Children's Solutions released a statement saying in part the allegation is being taken very seriously and they have rigorous processes for investigating any allegations and are committed to doing so as this case moves forward.

Since leaving the treatment facility, Bailey and her daughter have moved to New York. The lawsuit states as a result of the vaccination being given without consent, Bailey's daughter has endured physical pain and emotional distress.

"It has had a profound effect on her both physically and mentally because of how she was treated," Harris said.

The Mississippi State Department of Health does recommend the HPV vaccination for adolescents 11-15, but it's not required for school admission.

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