The NYT, the most hostile publication to the vaccine/autism connection out there, that has denigrated parents like me for years, has just called for the VCIP cases to be unsealed!
The times they are a-changin!
A Puzzling Autism Case
Published: March 11, 2008
The federal government’s concession that vaccines may have triggered brain deterioration with symptoms like autism in a young girl is sure to exacerbate concerns among parents worried about immunizations. It is imperative that the court for vaccine compensation unseal documents involved in this unusual case so that experts, families and their doctors can better understand exactly how Hannah Poling, now 9 years old, came to be harmed after receiving a battery of shots when she was a toddler.
For years medical authorities have been assuring us that sound epidemiological studies showed that vaccines and a mercury preservative once widely used in them were not implicated in causing autism, a condition characterized by lack of social skills, problems with communication and repetitive behaviors. That almost certainly remains true for the vast majority of youngsters.
Hannah’s case was complicated by a rare disorder that can deprive the brain of needed energy and cause neurological deterioration. When Hannah’s case was submitted to a federal vaccine compensation program, the government settled before the evidence was argued in a hearing. Government medical personnel apparently found that the vaccinations aggravated the underlying disorder. An alternative theory — that the vaccines may have caused the disorder — is viewed skeptically by government experts.
Top health officials are still urging parents to get their children vaccinated, and with good reason. All children deserve protection against infectious diseases, and even youngsters with these rare disorders may be at risk of neurological deterioration if they contract one of the diseases that vaccines protect them against.
It will be important to develop the best possible medical guidance for youngsters with rare defects. That effort would be enhanced if the government makes public all relevant documents in this puzzling case.
David Kirby's comments:
Stay tuned, this just got a LOT more interesting
I have been talking to lots of people over there, former colleagues and the like, for weeks
I am not taking credit for this! The Times moves at its own pace. But obviously, someone over there is paying attention
Let’s hope the FEDS release all the Poling documents – I know there will be pressure coming from Congress to do so as well
AND there is other activity going on behind the scenes right now on Capital Hill that will really shake things up, when it breaks.
Last year, an IOM panel warned senior staff at the CDC to get legal counsel. Boy, are they going to need it.
I think this long story is about to begin its final act.
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