Class action on cancer vaccine Gardasil

A MELBOURNE woman who suffered an auto-immune and neurological attack after being injected with the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil is leading a class action against its manufacturer.

Seven other Victorian women who are considering joining the court case against Merck say they have suffered anaphylaxis and physical breakdowns as a result of the vaccine. One has attributed a miscarriage to the injections.

Naomi Snell, 28, said her life was put on hold for more than two years after she lost the ability to walk, battled crippling back and neck pain, and suffered convulsions that started soon after her first injection in July 2008.

"I never attributed it to my vaccine so I went back for my second and third dose," she said. "My doctors were baffled. They did diagnose me with multiple sclerosis, but have since retracted that and said it was a neurological reaction to the vaccine."

The world's first cancer vaccine, created by former Australian of the year Prof Ian Frazer, has been hailed as a wonder drug for protecting against 70 per cent of cervical cancers.

A Federal Government campaign to have every Australian woman aged 12 to 26 vaccinated included free inoculations.

Ms Snell is seeking compensation for loss of income and medical expenses.