U.S. Court of Federal Claims - Special Masters Ruling on Vaccines and Autism

The Bureau of Immunization wishes to bring to your attention the following important information concerning vaccine safety, specifically the March 10, 2010 ruling by U.S. Court of Federal Claims Special Masters that thimerosal-containing vaccines do not cause autism.

This topic has been of considerable concern to the scientific community, parents, and public health officials. Herein, we provide links to valid information and articles which will be of use to you in discussing these issues.

Omnibus Autism Proceeding

The Omnibus Autism Proceeding was created by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to handle the large volume of claims that vaccines induce autism. In order to ensure that the over 4,900 cases are dealt with in a timely manner, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has divided the claims into three theories:

Autism Decisions and Background Information by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Special Masters: http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/node/5026.

Editorial article by Dr. Paul Offit on the Infectious Diseases in Children’s Pediatric Supersite: http://www.pediatricsupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=62004.

These rulings and the formal retraction by the Lancet of the controversial Wakefield paper, (The Lancet, Volume 375, Issue 9713, Page 445, 6 February 2010, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(97)11096-0/abstract) are now fundamental to us in our efforts to alleviate some fears that parents of unimmunized children still harbor.

Read an editorial by Dr. Gregory Poland, titled: Fear, misinformation, and innumerates: How the Wakefield paper, the press, and advocacy groups damaged the public health


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