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DALLAS (August 22, 2011) – “HDNet World Report,” the Emmy Award-winning national news program, takes an in-depth look at the mixed signals sent by the U.S. Government to families who believe that their children developed autism as a result of vaccinations gone bad. Public health officials in the U.S. have consistently denied that there is any link between childhood vaccines and autism; however, some families have actually received money from the government to fund long term care for their autistic children.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, set up 25 years ago, has awarded money to certain autism victims like Kimberly Sue Leteure, whose life completely changed when at nine weeks old she received her first childhood vaccinations. While Kimberly has received compensation, children with near identical symptoms have not. “HDNet World Report” found that whether a child’s family received compensation seems to depend on when they were born and how their initial symptoms appear.
These vaccines are mandated by the state governments. The Federal Government says the preponderance of credible research finds no links between childhood vaccinations and autism. But the thousands of families with autistic children reject that conclusion, arguing that the science is inconclusive. New studies revealed by “World Report” seem to support these claims.
NYU Law professor Mary Holland believes, “The government denies that there’s any substantial link between vaccine injury and autism. We believe that the study that we just did calls that into question.”
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To learn more about why the government continues to offer compensation to families while denying that vaccines cause autism, tune into “HDNet World Report,” Tuesday, August 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET with an encore at 12:00 a.m. ET.
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