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OH Expert Welcomes New Ruling on Autism – Vaccine Link

February 13, 2009

Cincinnati, Ohio – Yesterday a panel of court-appointed experts sitting in a federal vaccine court denied compensation to three families with autistic children. The families argued a mercury-containing preservative - thimerasol, now no longer used in vaccines - caused autism by combining with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination to damage the immune system.

However, their case did not persuade the experts, who concluded that their evidence had not demonstrated a link to immune dysfunction or autism. Considered "test cases", the three families are the first of more than 4,800 families nationwide who have filed claims through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital infectious disease pediatrician, Dr. Robert Frenck, applauds the ruling, adding it is now essential to find the right way to help families affected by autism and work toward a cure.

"Hopefully what this will do is allow people to realize that vaccines are not the cause of autism and that hopefully we can spend our precious research dollars in areas that more appropriately search for the potential causes."

Dr. Frenck says vaccines are vitally important to stopping many diseases and keeping children healthy.

"The reason we as pediatricians are so strongly in favor of vaccines is because we think that’s one of the most important things we’ve done in health care to improve the health of children."

Dr. Frenck says he hopes this ruling will help parents to feel more comfortable about vaccinating their children.

The Autism Society of America (ASA) defines autism as a developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. The ASA released a statement pointing out that, "this ruling only affects those who claim the interaction of the MMR vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccines cause autism. There are cases still to be decided, and many unanswered questions for the thousands of families affected by autism."

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH