Vaccines don’t cause autism, federal special masters have ruled. Families claiming a link have sought compensation. From the Washington Post:
Yesterday’s ruling involved three separate cases, each of which explored a different mechanism by which vaccines might cause autism. Working independently, three special masters acting as judges in the federal “vaccine court” issued separate but similar rulings that found no evidence that the vaccines had caused the children’s disorders.
The decisions are especially telling because the rules of the vaccine court did not require the plaintiffs to prove their cases with scientific certainty — all the families needed to show was a preponderance of the evidence, or “50 percent and a hair.”
The special masters found the scientific evidence overwhelmingly showed no link between vaccination and autism.
Plaintiffs plan to appeal the decision. It never ends.