The idea that vaccines cause autism won’t die - CBS investigates - Vaccines, Autism and Brain Damage: What’s in a Name?
Some attorneys are apparently using a different term, “encephalopathy” (meaning brain damage) in lawsuits involving clients with autism, because those suits are generally won, while suits alleging damage leading to autism are not won.
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Vaccines have saved untold millions of lives, and the vast majority of people who get them suffer no major problems.
But there’s a trade-off: occasionally, vaccines cause injury or death. Very rarely, patients are left with what’s known as “encephalopathy”, the medical term for brain damage.
In fact, CBS News has found nearly 1,300 cases in which vaccine-related brain damage has been compensated in court over the past 20 years.
The debate over any links between vaccines and autism - a behavior problem triggered by brain damage - couldn’t be more contentious. The great majority of medical opinion holds that vaccines don’t cause autism. However, many of the same experts don’t dispute that vaccines can, in rare instances, cause brain damage.