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Autism and vaccines...thimerosal ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:20pm

Autism and vaccines...thimerosal, a mercury based preservative at the core of the discussion..BD

Government health officials have conceded that childhood vaccines worsened a rare, underlying disorder that ultimately led to autism-like symptoms in a Georgia girl, and that she should be paid from a federal vaccine-injury fund, the Associated Press reports.

Medical and legal experts say the narrow wording and circumstances probably make the case an exception, and not a precedent for thousands of other pending claims. The government “has not conceded that vaccines cause autism,” Linda Renzi, the lawyer representing federal officials, who have consistently maintained that childhood shots are safe, tells the AP.  Nearly 5,000 families are seeking compensation for autism or other developmental disabilities they blame on vaccines and a mercury-based preservative, thimerosal.

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