New England Journal of Medicine
Volume 360 — June 11, 2009 — Number 24
When Vaccine Injury Claims Go to Court
A. M. Stewart
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In February 2009, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) released decisions for the first three test cases heard under the program’s Omnibus Autism Proceeding. In each of the cases — Cedillo v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Hazlehurst v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Snyder v. Secretary of Health and Human Services — the petitioners alleged that a child’s autism spectrum disorder was caused by the combination of the measles–mumps–rubella (MMR) vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccines. The decisions will have a substantial effect on vaccine policy and practice in the United States and will influence the analysis . . .
Litigation, Regulation, and Education — Protecting the Public’s Health through Childhood Immunization
R. D. Silverman