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Center says it vaccinated teen, despite mother's objection

Posted September 6

— A Mississippi child behavior services center says a teenager was given a vaccination despite her mother's objection, but says it shouldn't be held liable for a mistake in judgment.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that in July, a mother filed a federal lawsuit against the center, saying it forcibly vaccinated her 15-year-old daughter against human papillomavirus. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cancer.

The girl, a New York native, ended up in the Canopy Children's Solutions in Saucier, Mississippi, for inpatient psychiatry treatment.

The mother says she refused to provide consent for her daughter to be given the HPV vaccine because of its side effects.

Canopy responded to the lawsuit last week, admitting the girl received the HPV vaccine, but saying there was no physical force used.

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