Hattie, 13, joins fight for justice over misery of jab's 'side-effects'
The Cervarix vaccine is being given to all girls aged 12 and 13, but hundreds have reported fainting, seizures, fatigue, muscular aches and lethargy.
The Government and the makers of the drug claim it will give 70 per cent protection from cervical cancer — the disease that killed Jade Goody — to every girl under 18 by 2011.
But five girls and their parents have formed a group to sue the makers of the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline, for damages under the Consumer Protection Act.
The girls are seeking up to £120,000 each, depending on the severity of the side-effects.
A company spokesman said studies have shown it is “generally well tolerated”.
Hattie Vickery, 13, of Honiton, is suing the chemical firm with the help of her parents, Sophie, 35, and Clive, 35, a policeman.
They claim the vaccine has turned Hattie from a normal teenager into an “invalid”, plagued with paralysis, breathing problems and sickness.
Mum-of-two Mrs Vickery said: “We feel we were badly misguided,” she said.
“We are taking this legal action because we feel this vaccine was rushed in and our girls have been human guinea pigs, who have suffered as a result.”
Hattie was given two jabs in October and January but her mother later pulled her out of a third planned injection this month.
Mrs Vickery said: “The first time she felt dizzy and sick, her arm went floppy, and she was in pain for days. We had to go to hospital and she has not been able to use the arm properly since.
“We let her have the second jab and it has just made the arm worse. She still gets headaches and nausea and she is now complaining of eye pain.”
The jab is being given out in an attempt to cut the number of women contracting Human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes most cases of cervical cancer.
The legal action has been launched by solicitor Peter Todd, a vaccine specialist with London-based legal firm Hodge Jones & Allen, who claims the drug could cause long-term disability.
He said: “These people are innocent, but may become seriously disabled as a result of the jab. I want to see justice for them.”
Mr Todd has not yet filed his group action and is waiting for more teenagers to join the claim.
Cervarix is also being given to girls aged 17 and 18 and, by 2011, all those under the age of 18 in England will have been vaccinated.
A spokesman for GlaxoSmithKline said more than 70,000 doses had been given trials in case studies monitored for six years. These have shown it is “generally well tolerated”.
She said: “Cervarix had to undergo rigorous testing, with large numbers of people in numerous case studies.”