US Court recognises the link between vaccines and autism

The US Court of Federal Claims and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program have ruled in favour of a child who regressed into autism as a result of vaccinations, several of which contained the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

Case documents state that the vaccines administered to the claimant significantly aggravated an underlying condition that ultimately led to regressive encephalopathy and symptoms of autism.

According to official court documents, the child was developing normally until given the vaccines, and shortly after the shots regressed into full autism. The child was diagnosed by nationally recognised autism specialists.

For more than a decade, thousands of parents have come forward with
reports of sharp regression in their children following immunisations.
The cases of autism have dramatically spiked in the past 15 years to as many as one in 150 children, making it the leading childhood developmental disorder today.

While thimerosal has been phased out of many pediatric vaccines, it is still used in flu shots recommended for pregnant women and children. At a meeting of the US Advisory Committee for Immunisation Practices, the committee voted to recommend annual flu shots for all children up to the age of 18, and to date has refused to state a preference for mercury-free vaccines.

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First Published in June 2008

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