Autism Case Sparks Debate Over Vaccine Program

Law360, New York (June 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A closely watched test case that centers on an alleged link between routine childhood vaccines and autism has raised a fresh debate over the adequacy of a federally mandated compensation system meant to address injuries and deaths caused by vaccinations.

The lawsuit, which was brought on behalf of Michelle Cedillo, a 12-year-old autistic girl whose parents allege that her disorder was caused by a combination of the measles component of the MMR vaccine and thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative, went to trial on June 11 in...
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