Vaccines, Autism and Our Daughter, Hannah
Jon Poling and Terry Poling
The New York Times
April 5, 2008
Re: “Inoculated Against Facts,” by Paul A. Offit (Op-Ed, March 31):
Our daughter, Hannah, developed normally until receiving nine vaccines at once. She immediately developed a fever and encephalopathy, deteriorating into what was diagnosed, based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or D.S.M. IV, as autism.
The federal government, not an “unusual court,” made the concession. The decision wasn’t “careless,” as your subheading called it. It was based on a thorough review of Hannah’s records by Health and Human Services doctors.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program does rely on a “preponderance of evidence” standard, which Hannah’s case met. It doesn’t necessarily compensate families “quickly, generously and fairly.” We filed our claim six years ago, pain and suffering are capped at $250,000, and Hannah has yet to receive compensation.
Dr. Offit’s assertion that “even five vaccines at once would not place an unusually high burden on a child’s immune system” is theory and risky practice for a toddler’s developing brain. No one knows if Hannah’s mitochondrial dysfunction existed before receiving vaccines. Dr. Offit’s claim that Hannah had “already weakened cells” is unfounded.
We support a safe vaccination program against critical infectious diseases. We need straight facts, serious science and speedy answers on these important issues.
Athens, Ga., April 3, 2008
April 5, 2008
Polings Prove, Once Again, That Paul Offit Does Not Have A Clue
I am at the DAN! conference and this morning one speaker said, "Thank God for the Hannah Poling case". She was met with a big round of applause from the audience.