Nearly 5,000 American families have filed claims with the United States Court of Claims alleging that vaccines containing thimerosal caused autism and other neurological problems in their children. The lawyers for the families will present three theories of how vaccines caused autism. The families are seeking financial redress from a government fund that assists people injured by shots.
In recent years, thimerosal was removed from childhood vaccines. However, in 2004, a committee with the Institute of Medicine reported that there was no credible evidence supporting the vaccines containing thimerosal caused autism.
Lawyers will attempt to prove that injections containing thimerosal deposit a form of mecury in the brain and that mercury excites brain cells that stay activated trying to get rid of the intrusion. And, in some children, there is enough of it that sets off a neuroinflammatory pattern that can lead to autism.