“Vaccine Court” denies autism cases


By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special U.S. court ruled against three families on Thursday who claimed vaccines caused their children’s autism.

The “Vaccine Court Omnibus Autism Proceeding” ruled against the parents of Michelle Cedillo, Colten Snyder and William Yates Hazlehurst, who had claimed that a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine had combined with other vaccine ingredients to damage the three children.

“Unfortunately, the Cedillos have been misled by physicians who are guilty, in my view, of gross medical misjudgment,” Special Master George Hastings, a former tax claims expert at the Department of Justice, wrote in the 183-page Cedillo ruling.

The families sought payment under the “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program,” a no-fault system that has a $2.5 billion fund built up from a 75-cent-per-dose tax on vaccines.

Instead of judges, three “special masters” heard the three test cases representing thousands of other petitioners.

They asked whether a combination vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, plus a mercury-containing preservative called thimerosal, caused the children’s symptoms.

“The evidence does not support the general proposition that thimerosal-containing vaccines can damage infants’ immune systems,” Hastings wrote, after reviewing tens of thousands of documents and hours of oral arguments.

“I further conclude that while Michelle Cedillo has tragically suffered from autism and other severe conditions, the petitioners have also failed to demonstrate that her vaccinations played any role at all in causing those problems.”

Michelle’s parents argued that she was a normal baby until she received the vaccine.

More than 5,300 cases were filed by parents who believed vaccines may have caused autism in their children and were seeking payment under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The no-fault payout system is meant to protect vaccine makers from costly lawsuits that drove many out of the vaccine-making business.

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2 comments to “Vaccine Court” denies autism cases

  • Marlon Lara

    I’m not against vaccination, It’s the way it was administered. My son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months. I believe vaccination was the culprit. He was given 5 Shots in one session! 5 shots for a 3 month old baby!!! and then another 5 shots in one session when he was 6 months old. Prior to his vaccination, my son was doing a lot of gaga’s and googoo’s. After taking the vaccination, it all stopped. He never uttered a syllable from then on. From being overly medicated, i believe that his frailed little body could coup. Please tell all parents to VACCINATE their children BUT NO MORE THAN 2 SHOTS PER DAY. IF MORE THAN 2 IS NEEDED SPREAD IT IN A WEEK. NEVER DO IT IN ONE SESSION. SPREAD THE WORD.

  • Donna

    Nothing is new under the sun. My first three are vaccinated and praise YHWH healthy. Last two, no vaccinations, praise YHWH, healthy also.

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