83 cases of vaccine-associated autism compensated in US Federal Vaccine Court

For over 20 years the federal government has been denying a vaccine-autism link in public, whilst privately its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has been awarding damages to vaccine injured children. These children suffer from brain damage, seizures and autism. A new peer-reviewed study, published in Pace Environmental Law Review, has found that a substantial number of children compensated for vaccine injury also have autism, and that such cases have existed in the years since the VICP was formed.

The results of the study dramatically shifts the debate on autism and vaccines from ‘can vaccines cause autism?’ to ‘how many cases of autism have vaccines caused and how can we prevent new injuries from occurring?’

The study looked at the cases of vaccine injury that have been compensated by the VICP, which incidentally does not track autism among the vaccine-injured children. In 1300 children, there were 21 cases where the court records specifically stated “autism or autism-like symptoms”. The researchers then contacted 150 more families and found out an additional 62 cases of autism.

Autism costs the US billions of dollars a year, and affects approximately 1 in 110 children. If some of these cases are vaccine-related, and the VICP might be found to have been turning a blind eye to the link, then the VICP must be investigated. The VICP is the only place in which parents of vaccine-damaged children can claim for compensation.

However the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has since released a statement supporting their previous statements that there is no link between vaccinations and autism. The Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA), whose board members authored this study, disagrees, asking “if there is no link, why would there be even one case of vaccine-associated autism, let alone 83?” (Natural News) There are currently over 5,000 court cases pending that claim autism as a result of vaccine injury.

Sources: Natural News and Pace Environmental Law Review

First Published in May 2011

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