Court says measles vaccine not to blame for autismEmphasis added.
A special vaccine court ruled against parents with autistic children Thursday, saying that vaccines are not to blame for their children's neurological disorder.
The judges in the cases said the evidence was overwhelmingly contrary to the parents' claims — and backed years of science that found no risk.
"It was abundantly clear that petitioners' theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive," the court concluded in one of a trio of cases ruled on Thursday.
The ruling, which was anxiously awaited by health authorities, was a blow to families who have filed more than 5,000 claims for compensation through the government's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The claims are reviewed by special masters serving on the U.S. Court of Claims.
Can we move on and discuss something relevant to autism now? Something like how the current budgetary crisis in many states are going to affect services for individuals with disabilities. I've got a post in the works about that.
More news stories and blog reaction:
- U.S. vaccine court rules against autism case family
- Vaccine didn't cause autism, court rules
- Father of Vaccine-Autism Link Said to Have Fudged Data
- MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism
- Hidden records show MMR truth: A Sunday Times investigation has found that altered data was behind the decade-long scare over vaccination
- VICP Decisions are in...
- Ruling on Vaccine Court Cases Today: Après ça, le déluge
- Autism Decisions and Background Information
- Omnibus decisions in–acknowledging the test case families
- Autistic Children Ineligible For Vaccine Funds
- First Three Autism Omnibus Test Cases Dismissed
- Cedillos, Hazlehursts, Snyders
From the comments:
I think this is the saddest day. Those poor parents so horribly misled and then it all comes out. Their experts were so pitiful they never had a chance. There should be no celebrating this just but painful decision. What choice did the special masters have ?