CBS News – Vaccines and Autism Link Still Debated

Posted on May 12, 2008 in Autism, Heavy Metals

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In an exclusive interview, former NIH Director Dr. Bernadine Healy tells CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson that the question of a link between vaccines and autism is still open for debate.

CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson wrote this story for
Today, a second round of autism test cases begins in federal vaccine court. Tonight on the CBS Evening News, we’ll have exclusive interviews with the two families who are bringing the cases: two of nearly 5,000 autism cases that have been filed in this special court. The government and many scientists have consistently maintained for more than a decade that there is no link between vaccines and autism. The Institute of Medicine issued a report in 2004 that was intended to put the controversy to rest, saying that the weight of the body of scientific evidence does not show a causal link between vaccines and autism. However, other scientists and parents disagree.

For our report, we interviewed Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former head of the National Institutes of Health and a member of the Institute of Medicine who breaks with her colleagues in this exclusive CBS News interview: Dr. Healy says the government has been too quick to dismiss the possibility of a vaccine-autism link, and that it should be explored with renewed vigor.

Click here for an earlier report from CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson