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Parents claiming a link between MMR vaccine and autism lose final appeal for legal aid

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7472.939 (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:939
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Families who blame the measles, mumps, and rubella triple vaccine (MMR vaccine) for their children's autism lost their final appeal for legal aid funding last week.

    But 11 families who claim the vaccine caused other conditions—such as epilepsy, encephalitis, and deafness—or who allege that their children were injured by earlier versions of the MMR vaccine which are now withdrawn, won funding to investigate the prospects of a claim against the vaccine's manufacturers.

    The Funding Review Committee, which hears appeals against decisions by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to …

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