A special vaccine court has ruled the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism. The Associated Press reports:
The judges in the cases said the evidence was overwhelmingly contrary to the parent's claims _ and backed years of science that found no risk.
More than 5,000 claims were filed with the U.S. Court of Claims alleging that vaccines caused autism and other neurological problems in their children. To win, they had to show that it was more likely than not that the autism symptoms were directly related to the measles-mumps-rubella shots they received.
Let's hope that more parents will now go get their kids vaccinated. As I pointed out in some of my earlier reporting:
The threat posed by the vaccine is likely illusory; that of infectious disease is surely not.
In addition, The Lancet reports rich countries with low vaccination rates could be responsible for spreading measles to poor children in developing countries where such infections are far more deadly.
Whole AP report here.