Andy Coghlan
New Scientist
Sept 15, 2010

The family of Hannah Poling, a nine-year-old girl, is to be the first to receive compensation from the US federal government for health problems associated with routine childhood vaccinations, reports CBS News.

As well as receiving a payout of $1.5 million, the family will receive $500,000 per year to pay for the child’s care. But while CBS reports that 4800 other cases are awaiting settlement in the federal vaccine court, Hannah’s case may be a one-off.

She began showing signs of autism, with accompanying screaming fits, after she’d been vaccinated against nine diseases in July 2000, aged 18 months.

The sum agreed reaffirms the government’s initial promise to compensate the family in 2008. Back then, it concluded that the vaccinations may have aggravated an underlying inherited condition in Hannah’s mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells that supply energy.

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