A special federal court ruled today that there is no persuasive evidence for a link between childhood vaccines and autism.
The conclusions came in three test cases heard by special masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a special court in Washington with jurisdiction over certain suits against the federal government. Since 1987, the court has dealt with claims seeking compensation for injuries stemming from certain vaccines.
Many parents believe that thimerosal-containing vaccines and the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) are a cause of autism in their children. The debate has been followed by educators, with most scientific research failing to find such a link.
As the special master in one of the test cases concluded in today’s ruling: “After careful consideration of all of the evidence, it was abundantly clear that petitioners’ theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive.”
A version of this news article first appeared in The School Law Blog.