WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors are praising today's court ruling
against families who claimed a link between vaccines and autism.
Dr. Paul Offit of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia says
the ruling backs scientific findings. He calls it a "great day for
The special vaccine court ruled the evidence overwhelmingly
contradicts claims that certain vaccine combinations -- including
the measles-mumps-rubella shot -- can cause autism in children. The
ruling is a major blow to families who've filed thousands of claims
through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
The head of a consumer advocacy group says the ruling won't
change the minds of parents who suspect a link. She says more
studies are needed.
The court still has to rule on separate claims from other
families who say the lone culprit could be a mercury preservative
in the shots.