No Link Between Autism and Vaccines, Court Rules
Three families were unable to prove to a U.S. court Feb. 12 that their children developed autism due to childhood vaccines they received. The court ruled that the plaintiffs presented insufficient scientific evidence that childhood vaccines, such as the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, caused autism in these particular test cases.
The parents who had filed the claims were seeking monetary awards from a U.S.-run vaccine compensation program. The claims were reviewed by the Office of Special Masters, part of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. More than 5,500 other such claims have been filed, according to a HealthDay News report.
In a press release, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) stated, “The medical and scientific communities have carefully and thoroughly reviewed the evidence concerning the vaccine-autism theory and have found no association between vaccines and autism.”