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Measles Vaccine Not to Blame for Autism

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A special vaccine court ruled on Thursday that vaccines are not to blame for children's neurological disorder.

The judges determined that there was overwhelming evidence against the parents' claims, saying that years of science had found no risk.

"It was abundantly clear that petitioners' theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive," the court concluded.

The ruling was a blow to over 5,000 families that have filed claims for compensation through the governments Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

The court said that "the weight of scientific research and authority" was "simply more persuasive on nearly every point in contention."

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ame i. February 12, 2009, 11:23 PM

I was always skepical about autism being caused by a vaccine because it seems if that were the case, there would be a far greater number of autistic children. I’m 40 and remember when I first began to hear about cases of autism, ADD, ADHD. I do remember going to school with a few children with short attention spans & minor behavior problems but they weren’t often disruptive in class, perhaps because the teachers were allowed to paddle our butts back then and those poor kids learned to keep themselves under control during school hours, but do not remember any kids showing similar yet much lest drastic symptoms of autism, ADD, ADHD often shown by children labeled with the previously mentioned diagnosis(es) (sp?).
It seems like the increase of children with these problems may be related to an environmental contaminate, a relatively new food additive/preservative, something, that children of my generation were not exposed to & has had catostrophic effects on some children today.

Patricia March 23, 2009, 1:02 PM


Bailey Bank’s injury took place on the table obviously, but it was hard to prove it was a table injury as his seizure took place 2 1/2 weeks after injury from the MMR injected at 15 months. Fortunately since the parents had medical knowledge they did something unusual which is have an MRI taken the day after the first seizure followed shortly by an EEG and surrounded by other evaluations. I say fortunately because it was paramount that the MRI was done immediately to prove the causal relationship between the MRI and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which eventually lead to PDD.

Bailey Banks suffered a seizure and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) leading to PDD.
born 10/26/98
MMR given mid 2000
filed injury mid 2002
ruled in favor of Bailey mid 2007

The story is common, but the conclusion is rare.

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