Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Preservatives in Vaccines Causing Autism? Update 2-12-09

While on a flight to Paris in the spring of 2001 I saw a film clip of hundreds of British parents refusing to vaccinate their children because it allegedly increased the risk of autism. On the long flight to France, I had plenty of time to contemplate the possible legal ramifications. I note that now in the states, a test case has begun on this alleged cause of autism. In Washington, two many families to count have alleged that vaccines have caused their children to become autistic. Since 1999, almost 5000 families have filed claims with the government alleging their children developed autism as a result of routine vaccinations. The most popular theory is that a preservative called thimerosal is to blame. Several scientific studies have found no association between autism and vaccines containing thimerosal. But parents respond that their children's symptoms did not show up until after the vaccinations required by many schools. If these families win, the families will be entitled to compensation from a multi billion-dollar trust fund. The first test case begins Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Update: For a link concerning a study allegedly relating vaccines to autism see: http://www.healthsentinel.com/org_news.php?id=082&title=Study+

Update 2-5-08:
According to a study published today in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella do not cause autism. This is the largest study yet showing no evidence linking the childhood shot to the development disorder.
"This study really supports the view these are safe vaccines," said David Brown, a researcher at Britain's Health Protection Agency who worked on the study. "The evidence is now so solid there really isn't a need for further studies here."

Update 2-12-09: A Department of Justice special court will rule today whether certain vaccines cause autism. A special panel of "Masters" will issue a ruling concerning a group of parents claims that early childhood vaccinations triggered their children's autism.

Does the MMR vaccine led to autism? Three families -- the Cedillos, the Hazelhursts and the Snyders will soon find out what the Vaccine Court Omnibus Autism Proceeding has decided.

Update 2-28-11: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued over design defects. The vote was a 6-2 majority decision in a case brought by the parents of a child who developed seizures after a routine diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccination. (Bruesewitz v Wyeth Inc). The court reasoned that the 1986 law enacted by Congress set up a no fault scheme to compensate any child injured by vaccine side effects. Consequently, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act pre-empts lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any time kids are involved, we got to be careful. Better safe then sorry. I say tests not funded by the manufactures ought to study the link more carefully.


Shell

Ms. Calabaza said...

A great book on the subject is Evidence of Harm by Dr. David Kirby. Pharmaceutical companies have been trying to dispel any fears of the mercury in thimerasol, but it sure does worry me. Anytime money is concerned, there is bound to be a cover-up. . .

Anonymous said...

it may be a big cover up

Anonymous said...

Iron Mike said...

I am not much of a science guy. But back in PA we thought the autism in KY was caused by inbreeding and in PA from too much coal dust. Now I feel bad, if it turns out it was from vacinations, I need to take back a lot of insults.

Mike

Anonymous said...

Serious implications on this one.

This case pits scientific data against human sorrow. Theresa and Michael Cedillo are one of nine families chosen to argue that childhood vaccines cause autism. The results of the cases have monumental monetary and healthcare implications. A favorable ruling could lead to billions of dollars in damages. It could also lead to a potential epidemic of unvaccinated children.

Stay tuned on this one

T.R.

Anonymous said...

Well, I think something is wrong with giving these vaccinations all at once. Keep us posted.

Legal Pub said...

Update 2-8-08: According to a study published today in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella do not cause autism. This is the largest study yet showing no evidence linking the childhood shot to the development disorder.
"This study really supports the view these are safe vaccines," said David Brown, a researcher at Britain's Health Protection Agency who worked on the study. "The evidence is now so solid there really isn't a need for further studies here."

Anonymous said...

What brilliant scientist decided to employ a toxic substance such as mercury to be used in millions of doses of "required"vacines for our vunerable offspring? call me at 1905 749 9707 Please lets not let such sencelessness happen again

Legal Pub said...

Update 2-12-09: A Department of Justice special court will rule today whether certain vaccines cause autism. A special panel of "Masters" will issue a ruling concerning a group of parents claims that early childhood vaccinations triggered their children's autism.

Does the MMR vaccine led to autism? Three families -- the Cedillos, the Hazelhursts and the Snyders will soon find out what the Vaccine Court Omnibus Autism Proceeding has decided.

Legal Pub said...

Update 2-28-11: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued over design defects. The vote was a 6-2 majority decision in a case brought by the parents of a child who developed seizures after a routine diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccination. (Bruesewitz v Wyeth Inc). The court reasoned that the 1986 law enacted by Congress set up a no fault scheme to compensate any child injured by vaccine side effects. Consequently, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act pre-empts lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers.