Could an MMR Vaccine cause Autism? This long debated question has been answered as a YES, and in two separate court proceedings recently. NYR Natural News reports an American ruling earlier this year linking the vaccine as the cause of a child’s autism and this weeks “ground breaking” Italian case, which also ruled in favor of the plaintiff. Both cases may set a precedent linking the MMR vaccine as a cause of autism:
The unnamed child received the vaccine in March of 2004 and on returning home immediately developed adverse symptoms. During the next year the child regressed, receiving the autism diagnosis one year later and is now 100% disabled by the disease.
The Italian court ruled that the child “has been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (prophylaxis trivalent MMR)” and ordered the Ministry of Health to compensate the child with a 15 year annuity and to reimburse the parents of their court cost.
The judgement can be found in full here and the original news report in Italian appears here. A rough Google translation appears here. The case is expected to go to appeal as authorities are concerned it may set a legal precedent.
This, however, is the second recent judgement to come to this conclusion. Earlier this year a US court also ruled that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine can cause autism.
In a ruling that kept very quiet in the press, 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 was just one of 4,900 cases currently being considered for compensation payments. Health officials are concerned that it could open the floodgates for even more claims. read more
What is the British Medical Journal going to say about these cases? Likely they will contend that these rulings, however unjust, are also isolated and rare. As for the many thousands of others children that could come forward…. likely they and many other pro vaccination organizations will content that most (of these children) are “pre-disposed to autism,” with their parents just looking for money.
It’s hard to make a villain out of a kid, but if it comes down to class action suits across the board, the parents will be blamed by the media (instead of the manufacturers of the MMR vaccination) for attempting to destabilize the current health infrastructure.
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