The U.S. government has concluded that childhood vaccines
contributed to symptoms of autism in 9-year-old Hannah Poling.
The unprecedented concession was in response to one of three
test cases that allege the mercury-containing vaccine
preservative thimerosal caused autism in children.
According to the case, the child was healthy and developing
normally until her 18-month well-baby visit, where she received
vaccinations for nine diseases, two of which contained
thimerosal. Within 48 hours of the shots, Hannah become ill,
refused to walk and could not sleep through the night. Within
three months, she began showing signs of autism.
According to U.S. Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, the
shots "significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial
disorder" and resulted in a brain disorder "with features of
autism spectrum disorder."
Although federal officials continue to say there is no link
between autism and vaccines, this concession says otherwise.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has determined
that Hannah’s family is entitled to compensation from a federal
vaccine injury fund in an amount that is still being determined.
There are currently 4,900 autism cases pending in Federal