What is your opinion of today's special ruling by the US Court of Federal Claims that there is no evidence of a link between autism and childhood vaccines ? Thousands of families who believe in a link have sought compensation from the government's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This ruling will result in the denial of these claims.
The autism-vaccine debate has raged for more than a decade. Most believe that Mercury, used as a preservative in vaccines until earlier this decade, triggers autism in otherwise healthy children. Others question wonder if too many vaccines overwhelm a normal child's developing immune system, leading to autism. Most pediatricians, along with mainstream medical societies such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, say there is overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are safe. They consider the refusal of vaccines risky, as it could lead to an increase of preventable diseases like measles.