by Guest Blogger on 02/14/2013
The debate between the MMR vaccine and autism has been a long one. The MMR vaccine is an immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Because the MMR vaccine is first given at age 12-15 months, and the first signs of autism often appear at 15-18 months of age, concerns have been raised about a possible link between the vaccine and the development of autism. Some parents have noticed changes in children shortly after the children were vaccinated., leading them to think that the vaccine was responsible. The child seemed to be developing normally until they suddenly stopped interacting with people and lose language abilities.
For years, the government has denied that the MMR vaccine causes autism – citing to fourteen studies conducted in the United States and Europe that have found no association between the MMR vaccine and autism. Despite these assertions, many parents have remained unconvinced and have insisted that the vaccination caused autism in their children.
The parents’ beliefs may have just become validated. Four children who developed encephalopathy (brain disease) and/or autism after receiving the MMR vaccine were recently compensated millions of dollars for pain and suffering and the lifelong care of their injuries. In all cases, the children were developmentally normal for their age until they had adverse reactions to the vaccine, which resulted in seizures; spiking fevers; and declining vocabulary, eye contact, and interest in others around them. Despite this, the Department of Health and Human Services continued to insist that autism was not caused by the vaccination.
While three of the four cases settled, the fourth case involved ten-year-old boy named Ryan Mojabi. The court, in an unpublished decision, awarded the child of a lump sum of $969,474.91 and another undisclosed sum of several millions more.
Notably, it does not appear as though the government denied that the vaccine caused autism in that case. Thus, the case gives hope to the many parents asserting similar claims on their children’s behalf.
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