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Just in! When are parents going to give up blaming vaccines for their childrens Autism?

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID AP Science Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
March 12, 2010, 4:29PM
WASHINGTON — The vaccine additive thimerosal is not to blame for autism, a special federal court ruled Friday in a long-running battle by parents convinced there is a connection.

While expressing sympathy for the parents involved in the emotionally charged cases, the court concluded they had failed to show a connection between the mercury-containing preservative and autism.

"Such families must cope every day with tremendous challenges in caring for their autistic children, and all are deserving of sympathy and admiration," special master George Hastings Jr., wrote.

But, he added, Congress designed the victim compensation program only for families whose injuries or deaths can be shown to be linked to a vaccine and that has not been done in this case.



Asked by Anonymous at 5:42 PM on Mar. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (94)
  • i did check out the dna article for identical twins. this does not at all come close to either proving some disorders are genetic, nor does it eliminate environmental factors as a cause.
    back to the point of the post, and to agree with many posters in this thread...vaccines causing autism is not what many anti vaxing parents are all about. a lot are concerned about all of the ingredients, the method of delivery, the number of vaccines, and that they are still on the rise, the effectiveness of the vaccines as well as the efficacy of the vaccines.
    i believe that toxicity overload should be a concern for everyone and not only considered during vaccine time. there are vaccines, there are tons of horrid things in foods and household cleaners.
    pro vaccine people can check out for another anti vax is not just thimerasol that is a problem for most people.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 7:43 AM on Mar. 13, 2010

  • Are you saying their is not a sharp rise on the cases of autism?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:44 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:48 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Three families file for compensation but were denied due to the fact that there is no connection between vaccines and Autism.

    With this verdict some agencies are hoping to reassure parents that vaccines are 100% safe.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:49 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Why do you care? Do you have a child with autism? If not, SHUT have no idea what its like for us everyday!

    As humans we are prone to error, we dont understand everything, despite our attempts to pretend we do. So until I met God and HE tells me there is no connection. I still wonder.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:50 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • The court also failed to put OJ in jail too, they were wrong then too!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:51 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • I think everyone is "allergic" to mercury being injected into the blood stream. Regardless of whether mercury poisoning causes autism, it's a dangerous element and we shouldn't inject our children with mercury. Science can find something safer. New studies show glutamate and glycine imbalances caused by vaccines are linked to autism.


    Answer by ecodani at 5:52 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • From the op's post

    "More than 5,500 claims have been filed by families seeking compensation through the government's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program,"


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:53 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • Answer!!!! Do you have a child with autism????

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:54 PM on Mar. 12, 2010

  • I have a child with autism. I also believe mercury has caused problems for some children. Mercury poisoning has many of the same symptoms as autism and since the primary way of diagnosing autism is through symptoms it is easy to see what has happened. Diagnosing mercury poisoning is nearly impossible because it doesn't remain in the bloodstream for very long. Instead it settles in the organs and short of an autopsy or hair folicle test it is a difficult diagnosis to make.

    The fact is thought that these children were still damaged by the ingredient. Blame shouldn't rest on whether it is true autism or not. The government is still responsible because they allowed the use of the ingredient.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:01 PM on Mar. 12, 2010