An extraordinary tribunal assembled by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is set to consider, for the first time in a judicial proceeding, whether the combination of certain vaccines and thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative, can cause autism -- a group of disorders that affects as many as one in 150 children born in the U.S. The government has long denied such a link exists. The test case could shake -- or bolster -- public confidence in the vaccine system and impact autism litigation worldwide.
Test Case Linking Vaccines and Autism Reaches Federal Court
June 5, 2007