Saturday, April 12, 2008

Compensation for vaccine related autism...

Well, the UK government might still like to pretend that vaccines are perfectly safe, but...(read this!)

US Court awards compensation for vaccine-related autism

In a secret ruling that has only just come to light, the US Court of Federal Claims has conceded that the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, which was in vaccines until 2002, caused autism in the case of one child.

The ruling is one of 4,900 cases currently being considered for compensation payments, and it is feared by health officials that it could open the floodgates for even more claims.

It also appears to support the controversial findings of Dr Andrew Wakefield, who, in 1998, suggested a link between the vaccine and autism. (veronika's note: but he's still being hauled over the coals here in the UK!)

US Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler's November ruling, was one of three test cases into the MMR-autism link that was being considered by a three-member panel. In his conclusion, Keisler said that "compensation is appropriate".

The case involved a child who, when she was 18 months old, received nine vaccinations in July 2000, two of which included thimerosal. Within days, the girl, who had previously been healthy, suddenly exhibited no response to verbal direction, loss of language skills, no eye contact, insomnia, incessant screaming, and arching. A diagnosis of autism was confirmed seven months later.

In its defense, the US government said the girl had a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder that was aggravated by the vaccine. The US court concluded that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine can cause autism.

(Source: The Huffington Post, February 25, 2008).

3 comments:

nosila999 said...

Hello, I'm off-topic as usual... Please welcome earthside my new daughter, Sophia Louise, born April 22nd at 14.23 weighing 11 pounds 8 ounces (not due to gestational diabetes or any other problem! My first daughter weighed 9 lb 2 oz). She was 'due' April 10 (I know, due dates can be so ridiculous), however the placenta had started to break down, so I tend to agree with the date in that sense. I achieved what for me was an almost-perfect labour - no painkillers or intervention, though I did give birth in an NHS birth centre. My midwife was very supportive of my birth plan, which was realised almost exactly. She is a shining diamond among the many brainwashed lump-of-coal midwives I have met. I did tear, and she managed to make even the suturing process a positive experience (first labour ended in an episiotomy and agonising stitches). Thank you Jane Brady for helping me to overcome the trauma of my first labour with the ecstasy of my second. Blessings to all

Veronika said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
I know so many people, including my sister, with a birthday on April 22...and they're some of the nicest people I know..must be something magical about that day
:-))) Enjoy your precious baby.
Love, Veronika

nosila999 said...

I just found out that April 22 is Earth Day.. That's funny.