Anti-vaccine autism campaigners lose court battle

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    Anti-vaccine autism campaigners lose court battle - New Scientist

    The US government won't dole out cash to parents who claim that a preservative in vaccines triggered autism in their children.

    Several large-scale studies have failed to find a link between vaccines and autism. But that didn't stop parents from 5000 families who believe there is a link from seeking compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, created to help the small number of children who have severe allergic reactions to vaccines.

    On 12 March, the judges overseeing the scheme declared there was no proof that the children's autism was caused by thimerosal (thiomersal outside the US), a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines.