Vaccine Court Rules in Favor of Two Autistic Children

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Vaccine Court Rules in Favor of Two Autistic Children
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 4:44pm

The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has awarded millions to two families of autistic children.  While they are not admitting that vaccines could caused their autism, it does open the door: 

The government did not admit that vaccines caused autism, at least in one of the children. Both cases were "unpublished," meaning information is limited, and access to medical records and other exhibits is blocked. Much of the information presented here comes from documents found at the vaccine court website.

Some observers will say the vaccine-induced encephalopathy (brain disease) documented in both children is unrelated to their autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Others will say there is plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise.

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Vaccines and autism is a very hot topic among parents, where do you stand on this issue?  Does seeing the vaccine court decide in the favor of the families cause you to question the safety of vaccines, when you previously were on the fence?

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It's very aggravating that they are withholding information in the cases, because without it you cannot make a definitive conclusion.  While it is suspicious that the government ruled in the families' favor, it still doesn't make me change my opinion that for the majority of people vaccinations are safe.  What they need to be concentrating on is making the childhood vaccinations safer.  I think we have more to fear from the dangers in our environmental surroundings than vaccinations.  They do serve a purpose and I wouldn't discount them totally. 


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Registered: 11-09-2011

I don't see it as having any relation to autism. I am honestly tired of this argument. *IF* there was a relation, there would be sooooo many more Autistic people. I also have a friend (so no, it's not a friend of a friend of a friend's aunt's brother-in-law's step-brother's uncle situation) who has 3 kids. ALL autistic. The first one was vaccinated. The next two were not. One boy, two girls. 

I was speaking to the doctor covering for our pediatrician about it and her feeling is that it's something that just gets "turned on" by something—she feels environmental hazards (i.e., pesticides, pollution). I'm not sure I follow that same thought, but we both agreed that the key is that there is criteria now for diagnosing. So naturally, more cases are appearing BECAUSE they know what they are looking for. Years ago, an autistic kid may have been labeled "failure to thrive" because the child would only eat certain things. Now we know to look into other issues. Regular doctors have better ideas and more knowledge and can refer you to another doctor rather than saying "Oh, he's just a brat." or "He's a picky eater." or "He likes to be alone, he's a loner."

Anyway, I'm not saying that vaccinations don't cause harm to some people, but it's a chance I'm willing to take with all the crap that is going on in this world. A special needs kid is a thousand times better than a dead one. Period. (And I have a special needs kid.)