Vaccine Injury Report Set to Reignite Autism-Vaccine Debate

In what is sure to open up a new front in the autism-vaccine wars, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) has announced a major press conference on the steps of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims tomorrow, apparently to unveil results of an investigation linking vaccine injuries to autism. EBCALA claims that the information will "break new ground in the controversial autism-vaccine debate."

According to the group’s press release, the investigation found that there was a "substantial" number of children who have been compensated for vaccine injury who also had autism, contradicting previous claims and reports by the United States government.

Tomorrow (May 10, 2011) at 12 Noon EDT, investigators and families of vaccine-injured children plan to unveil the findings based on the government’s own data.

There is some major buzz being created about this press conference, but it remains to be seen if it will have any merit or if the mainstream media will even pick this event up. And there are already individuals and groups discounting the announcement, presumably as a preemptive measure. Regardless of what is disclosed, it is safe to assume that the autism-vaccine debate is once again going to get really ugly in the coming weeks.

Additionally, vaccine safety groups are still recovering from the Andrew Wakefield controversy earlier this year, so it will be interesting to see if tomorrow’s announcement will have any lasting impact.

You can read the EBCALA press release here and watch tomorrow’s press conference live and in real-time using the embedded video below.

9 Responses to Vaccine Injury Report Set to Reignite Autism-Vaccine Debate

  1. Steve says:

    You guys would be taken more seriously by the media if you didn’t try to scam them with announcements like this.

    The government compensates victims of febrile seizures and fever, a rare and usually inconsequential side effect of vaccines, when there is some sort of permanent brain damage. There are enough of these cases that a few may, coincidentally, also have autism. The payouts are not for the autism and are not an acknowledgement of the government that the vaccine causes autism, nor are the payouts dependent on the autism.

    If you did a study and discovered that gave tax refunds to some families with autism, would you claim that this means they are admitting a connection? No. The government gives tax refunds to all kinds of people.

  2. Bill says:

    Steve…if your child was vaccine injured and devleoped autism how would this letter make you feel? Makes me sick to my stomach


    In response to your most recent inquiry, HRSA has the following statement:

    The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

    Some children who have been compensated for vaccine injuries may have shown signs of autism before the decision to compensate, or may ultimately end up with autism or autistic symptoms, but we do not track cases on this basis.


    David Bowman
    Office of Communications
    Health Resources and Services Administration

  3. Lisa says:

    Just to be clear: so far as you know, does this Pace study find ANY cases in which the vaccine court said, in essence, “we acknowledge that a vaccine-related injury has caused autism, and as a result we are compensating you for damages”?

    I ask because the summary, printed on the A of A site, says this: “This study found 83 cases of acknowledged vaccine-induced brain damage that include autism, a disorder that affects speech, social communication and behavior.”

    I’m wondering to what degree this is just a case of splitting hairs over specific use of language?


  4. Jennifer says:

    We really should look at the facts, the increase in Brain disorders and Autism like traits have become an epidemic period. The ONLY constant is the VACCINE OVERDOSE!!! It’s beyond clear, stop dancing around the issue and wake up….. there’s a timeline of events people and they all start after babies are OVERDOSED.. VACCINE OVERDOSED!!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Jennifer – what do you mean by “the only constant?” There are hundreds of constants in the lives of children in the US, many of which could be implicated. They run the gamut from air pollution to birthing techniques to use of floride in toothpaste.


  6. Doug says:

    Carrots! It’s gotta be carrots. We start feeding kids carrots around the same time they start showing signs of autism! No, wait! it’s car seats! something about car seats causes autism…

  7. Therese Jacobs says:

    As a parent, I don’t care if they can prove it causes autism. It’s undeniable that vaccines contain significant neurotoxins- aluminum, formaldehyde, thimerosal, ammonium- and pose a risk (however large or small) to children. If you know it may cause encephalopathy, encephalitis, Guillain-Barre and other brain damage, don’t you dare mandate that I inject my children with them.

  8. Pamela says:

    Terese is right– “It’s undeniable that vaccines contain significant neurotoxins- aluminum, formaldehyde, thimerosal, ammonium- ” In autistic children it is these neurotoxins that break down those protective sheaths and with a clear overdose of those neurotoxins at the time of vaccines, combined with environmental polutants, chemicals in the foods we buy, those sheaths never get to recover…it’s a combination of all of those things, but, the vaccine industry (drug companies) need to STEP UP and ADMIT their part in it, and the govt. needs to stop helping them cover it up because they are afraid people will stop getting their children vaccinated and a massive explosion of illnesses that have been previously controlled or annihilated will be back– so the govt is willing to protect the drug companies.. Why don’t they instead, come up with vaccines with less harmful ingredients? those “extra” neurotoxins aren’t doing anything toward giving immunity to the illness the vaccine is given for anyway, so why are they in there? take ‘em out, and quit denying! No more lies– anyone can put 2 and 2 together.. How many children that have never been vaccinated have shown autism symptoms/signs against the number of children who have been vaccinated? Surely there’s a number somewhere… And why do they make parents sign that statement saying we won’t hold them responsible for any signs and symptoms of autism , or other neurological illness displayed after receiving the vaccine? with the 2 in 1 that is– it’s been years, but I can remember having to sign such a paper.. If the vaccine has nothing to do with autism, why have a document like that for people to sign? Back then, the odds were 1 in 100,000 that your child could exhibit signs– that was obviously a lie too…especially with the number of children with autism and the statistics! It’s all a bunch of lies, all about money, not only from the drug companies, but insurance companies too– think of how much they’d have to pay out to cover payment for treatment of these illnesses that children could get if they don’t get vaccinated? We already know the insurance industry has the govt wrapped around their finger anyway.. I guess, the best place to start, is to clean house in Washington, vote in people who are fresh, who still want to please the people who voted them in, and shorten the terms so that they can’t stay in that position for the loooong number of years that some of them have been there taking kickbacks for their votes… put the insurance companies back where they belong– they USED to work for the people.. now we just pay in to them, and get very little back.. we need to get things back to the way it should be, and thats a good place to start.. get rid of the “money, money, money” people– greed is the root of it all, and that is what needs to be eliminated to get to the truth of the matter– the vaccines DO play a role in children who have autism..

  9. birdness says:

    Lisa, the increasing number of required vaccines in the 1990′s is not a constant. It’s a fact that correlates with the increase in the number of autism cases – soon the rate could be 1:100. How do you like those odds?

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