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Case Not Yet Closed on Vaccines and Autism

A sweeping February 12 decision by the U.S. “vaccine court” found that neither thimerosal nor the MMR vaccine cause autism. However, it cannot be considered the final word on the subject -- another just-released case from the court has actually gone in favor of parents who believed that the MMR vaccine caused their son’s Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD), a set of disorders that includes autism and other developmental problems.

The parents of Bailey Banks argued that their son had a seizure 16 days after his first MMR vaccination. That, they said, led to Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, a rare neurological disease, which in turn led to PDD.

The court ruled that the vaccine had indeed caused his Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. According to the court decision, there was, “a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay.”


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