Appeals court states there is no link between vaccines and autism
A federal appeals court denied the existence of a link between vaccines and autism, specially the MMR. Autism is a disorder that affects 1 in 110 children in the United States. A special vaccines court was held last year and the appeals court upheld the decision that the evidence was weak and contradictory. This decision affects nearly 5000 families of children with autism who have claims for compensation through the federal government's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Several years ago, Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a study in the Lancet showing that the MMR caused autism. He later retracted this study. Further studies throughout the years have not shown any links between the MMR and autism. In fact, in Poland, one study suggested that the MMR vaccine actually decreased the risk of autism. This study was published in 2009 in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Other studies have shown other types of possible causative factors of autism, and even Tylenol was implicated. Low levels of vitamin D, parental autoimmune disease, parental age, and the presence of parental psychiatric disease have been studied.