Federal “Special Masters” Court rules Vaccines do not cause Autism
February 12, 2009 Leave a comment
In October of 1988 the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (42 USC 300aa-1 through -34), went into effect. This act established the vaccine program as a no-fault compensation scheme whereby persons allegedly suffering injury or death as a result of the administration of certain compulsory childhood vaccines may petition the federal government for monetary damages. Congress wanted to provide individuals a swift, flexible, and less adversarial alternative to the often costly and lengthy civil trial of traditional tort litigation.
All vaccine claims are managed and adjudicated by the congressionally-created Office of Special Masters, which currently consists of one chief special master and seven associate special masters who are appointed to serve for four year terms
Today this special court ruled that evidence presented in three cases by parents of children with autism did not prove a link between autism and certain early childhood vaccines.
These are the decisions.