More Resources: Autism And Vaccines

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It was the first time the government has conceded any type of link between childhood vaccines and autistic symptoms. Officials have said for one girl, vaccines worsened her underlying disorder - and led to autism-like behaviors.

The case could this have implications for similar cases - and there are thousands.

Today, CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson takes a look at some of the 5,000 other claims before the little-known vaccine court.

Months ago, Attkisson wrote a comprehensive guide to why the vaccine-autism link is still a topic of fervent debate. We've re-posted it today, and you can read it here.

Vaccine Resources

  • Visit the Web site of the National Vaccine Inquiry Compensation Program here. It includes resources such as: who is eligible to file a claim and statistics reports.
  • Also, check out a CDC fact sheet about the National Vaccine Inquiry Compensation Program here.
  • The government's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is a vaccine-safety program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Known as VAERS, it collects information about harms, side effects and cases that stem from vaccines in the United States. According to VAERS, its Web site "provides a nationwide mechanism by which adverse events following immunization may be reported, analyzed and made available to the public. The VAERS Web site also provides a vehicle for disseminating vaccine safety-related information to parents/guardians, healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, state vaccine programs, and other constituencies."

    Read its frequently asked questions here.

  • The National Institutes of Health have an autism fact sheet that includes information about the possible vaccine link. Check it out here. You can also contact the NIH here.
  • For more information from the National Vaccine Information Center, click here. The site includes information about the history of autism and the possible link to vaccines. Also, see a poster: Are We Over-vaccinating Our Children?
  • Read more of the latest on this case and the possible link between vaccines and autistic tendencies at our partner in health coverage, WebMD.

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  • Study Links Autism To Gene Defects.
  • Autism Rises Despite Vaccine Change.
  • Looking Deeper Into The Autistic Brain.
  • Autism Resource Page.