The United States Court of Federal Claims will sustain another hearing to finally decide whether a vaccine additive led thousands of children to become autistic. The court is to decide whether the government should pay millions of dollars to the parents of some 4,800 autistic children who are believed to have gotten sick from the childhood vaccines.

The parents are claiming that thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury, damaged their children’s brains and that they were developing normally before receiving the vaccines. Thimerosal was removed from all routinely administered childhood vaccines by 2001.

Ever since, there have been major studies done by scientific organizations to examine the issue but no link between vaccination and autism has been found. Yet, the parents and their advocates have persisted.
The hearing is expected to last two to three weeks but the decision is not expected until next year.

In the case of Hannah Poling, an autistic 9-year-old from Athens, Ga., vaccine critics say that there is strong evidence that vaccines cause autism, but the Government says the case proves nothing in regards to the safety of vaccines.

The center of the latest hearings are two boys, William Mead and Jordan King, who were developing normally until they were vaccinated, when the buildup of mercury in their brains from vaccines containing thimerosal led them to regress, their lawyer said.

The two boys are the test cases being heard to determine whether parents in thousands of similar cases will receive compensation.

Parents and their lawyers have sought for years to delay hearings on their vaccine claims, hoping that the new research would bolster their arguments. However, with each year passing by, the claim that thimerosal had an important effect on children has become harder to sustain especially because its removal has appeared to have no effect on autism rates.