Italian Court Rules MMR Vaccine Caused Autism: US Media Blacks Out Story

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The debate over vaccines continues as an Italian court ruled in favor of the Bocca family whose nine-year-old son became autistic after receiving the MMR (Measles/Mumps & Rubella) vaccine. I came across this case and felt it was a good idea to report on this as the vaccine debate has been a hot topic here lately. Although the case concluded in 2012, the information is just as relevant today.

UPDATE: We realize the controversy surrounding Wakefield and his study. Please also note that the story about Wakefield being paid to create data to due vaccine makers is a false story. At the time of this false story, vaccine makers were protected from even being able to be sued. He obviously can see no benefit in creating a “fake study” to sue people that cannot be sued. Instead of focusing on Wakefield, observe the other studies involved and the massive growing movement to re-think vaccines based on science and evidence. We also recognize that Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that there is a wide range in how it affects people. A phenomenon due to vaccines could account for some type of Autism on that spectrum. On the other hand we recognize that there could be be some genetic differences within ones DNA that could result in showing behavior and other types of characteristics seen in what we have labelled as Autism or ASD.

Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that there is a wide degree of variation in the way it affects people.

autismValentino Bocca was given the MMR vaccine when he was 15 months old in 2004. The family has stated that immediately after the jab their son began showing signs of serious discomfort. The Bocca family decided to act and took the case to court. Judges determined the vaccine did cause the autism after new evidence was presented and awarded the Bocca family 174,000 euro (£140,000) after the Italian Health Ministry conceded the MMR vaccine caused autism in their nine-year-old son Valentino. After the ruling, Italian lawyers began examining around 100 similar cases which they believe could lead to more families pursuing court cases.

Of course this case does not come with two sides to the argument. In Britain, doctors and health experts insist that the onset of autism after the vaccine was merely a coincidence and that other children develop autism around the same time. The official statement of the Department of Health is that ‘there is a wealth of evidence showing children who receive the MMR vaccine are no more at risk of autism than those who don’t.’

The Bocca case is not the first case where children have been allegedly damaged by vaccines. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out over $2 billion in compensation to families who have been damaged by vaccines. The Bocca case ruling will likely  re-open much debate over vaccine safety and effectiveness. This was largely made popular when the respected medical journal The Lancet published an article in 1998, making a connection between the triple vaccine and autism. Later on, the author’s methods were discredited but this of course came with controversy as well. Luckily, the news of it alone was enough for families to re-question the vaccine when thinking of their children.

Though the debate is still ongoing, many people are seriously questioning vaccines and this isn’t just the average person. Medical doctors have been educating themselves further on vaccines as the evidence continues to pile up about the ineffectiveness and lack of safety associated with vaccines. The number of autism cases has risen greatly since the 1970s, as the number of vaccines a child receives continues to rise dramatically.

Although it is not yet clear what the new evidence was that concluded the Bocca case, it is almost certain that it will continue to build the case for re-thinking vaccines.

The black out in US media is a prime example of how much medical information is censored in North America. This may add to the fact that it seems North America is a lot more unaware of healthy practices regarding medicine, lifestyle and diet. Of course this isn’t to say that everyone is like this in North America, but when you look at the numbers we can see that North America is among the unhealthiest when it comes to developed countries.

A great example of how the medical industry tends to avoid new vaccine science comes in the case of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. He has been involved in extensively reviewing the MMR vaccine and its safety, and has found not only some scary results, but also a great opposition and blacking out when it comes to the medical field looking at his evidence. The videos below go into this story in depth.

The following is from Dr. Mercola

“It’s virtually impossible to read an article about the MMR vaccine without coming across a reference to British gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 research published in The Lancet, which suggested there may be a link between the MMR vaccine, chronic bowel disease and autism. Ever since the article’s publication, it has remained one of the most cited yet controversial studies on the topic of vaccine safety.

Few public health officials or doctors speaking about vaccination in the media today fail to drive home the point that Wakefield’s research was subsequently “discredited” by the General Medical Council in Britain, while completely ignoring the facts about what his research actually showed, and the long list of studies done since then by other researchers that back up his initial findings.

Dr. Wakefield’s 1998 study involved a retrospective case series analysis, which essentially reviews the clinical histories of a group of patients with a constellation of signs and symptoms that link them together and create a pattern. In this case, it was a group of autistic children with gastrointestinal problems, which led to the discovery of a novel bowel disease that Wakefield and his colleagues at the Royal Free Hospital in London first described.

But rather than celebrating the discovery of a tangible, treatable and potentially preventable serious health problem that could help those suffering with similar health issues, Wakefield’s discovery became a hotly debated controversy in which Dr. Wakefield’s personal and professional reputation was smeared.


Because the clinical story didn’t end with bowel disease; it also included symptoms of regressive autism after receiving the MMR vaccine…

In the years following his 1998 finding, which linked the MMR vaccine to inflammatory bowel disease and symptoms of autism, Dr. Wakefield published another 19 papers on the vaccine-induced bowel disorder. All were peer reviewed, and none have been retracted. However, none of these 19 papers are ever discussed in the media.

The only study that keeps seeing the light of day is the original Lancet article from 1998. Another interesting fact is that, since that study, a large number of replication studies have been performed around the world, by other researchers, that confirm  Wakefield’s initial findings. Yet you never hear a word about those either!”


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  1. ang

    follow the Merck MMR lawsuit I recommend reading the consolitdated amended class action complaint especially to those blindly following vaccines it’s world wide and big master file no 2:12-cv-03555

    • Peter

      Have you read the lawsuit that you reference? It is an anti-trust lawsuit saying Merk monopolized the MMR vaccine for over a decade. The suit claims the vaccine didn’t protect against mumps. It has nothing to do with vaccines causing Autism or anything else.

      • Yeah, but who care. ang just hopes for a big settlement

  2. Dr Wakefield is not anti immunisation either. The key quote here is parents should be given the option of administering single vaccines. The debate has been over giving a child MMR – not a measles vaccine, not a mumps vaccine and not a rubella vaccine. It’s also about the schedule of immunisation. So my question is why are parents not given the choice of single vaccines? In some countries yes but not in Australia.

    • you can ask for single vaccines. they will do them, you might have to wait for them to ship one to your GP but they can do it. They don’t offer it because there is absolutely no added benefit to doing them separately than there is for them all together. So they don’t buy them separately nor store them separately on the premises. But if you want individually them they will dust off the order book and find it for you. It’s a huge pain in the ass and you save yourself nothing, while making the kid sit there for an endless series of needles. But if you feel that strongly about it, just ask.

      • Sonia

        I actually called Merck myself not long ago to specifically check, and they neither produce, nor do they have any plans to produce, separate vaccines for the M, M and R. They used to several years ago –but it wasn’t cost-efficient… Here in the US, any separate vaccines you may still obtain are sure to be expired at this point in time.

      • Diana

        There no benefit to any vaccines since they are a pharmaceutical/scientific scam! HOW CAN SOMETHING BE FULL OF TOXIC CHEMICALS AND MONKEYS BALLS BE GOOD FOR US ??, Over stimulating the immune system with aluminum ,wow Do you Know what aluminum does to our bodies? do you know what thermsol/mercury does? I could go on all day , Do you know its accumulative?? @ God gave us immunity and did not leave our immunity in the hands of scientists – Fricken plzzzzzzzz I wish I never vaccinated my kids!

        • steve

          But at least they wont be on crutches with polio…. God didn’t give us innate immunity from the consiquences of getting these diseases

          • Pete

            The first year Dr. Saulk’s Polio vaccine was given in the US (1955), measles cases went from over 28,000 to 14,000the next year to 5,000 the third year. I don’t think you can say that sanitary conditions changed in the US that much back in the late ’50s to cause this. Yes, there were some deaths that were caused by a single batch from one manufacturer but regulations and controls in manufacturing were tightened and it hasn’t happened again since.

  3. John
  4. jgkojak

    The damage done to children in the form of measles, whooping cough, etc. (preventable diseases) seems to have been forgotten. Your child is much more likely to get mental retardation due to brain damage from a fever acquired from one of the above diseases than get Autism.

    The time Autism symptoms emerge coincides with vaccination schedules – this doesn’t mean vaccines cause autism any more than the fact that you get sick is tied to the rising of the sun every day. The lack of scientific literacy is going to be the modern world’s undoing.

    • Peter, father of an Autistic child


    • Jo

      Incorrect. ASD is a spectrum disorder and the signs usually appear at approximately 3.1 to 3.6 years of age based on the average of all the disorders within the spectrum. Check the CDC for a listing.

      • Lori--mom of an autism child/special education teacher/autism consultant

        YOU are incorrect. Autism can behaviors can be detected as early as 6-12 months, however most specialist are reluctant to diagnose until after 18 months. Check Autism Speaks for information. .

    • Jamie

      And just cause a rock hit you in the head doesn’t mean it caused your concussion ; ) wake up lol duh

  5. I cannot find any reference to this story from the links provided which all appear to not link to anything, nor was I able to find any Italian news outlet. Which reflects poorly on this posting of the article. I want to believe there is a cause as much as the next person, but I will need to see more on the story in other outlets before believing. So far this website seems to inspire distrust of governments… that’s not a bad/good thing. It feels like most stories are fabricated.

    • Will look into why the links don’t work. They all used to work and all this info is documented all over the internet so we will rectify the situation.

    • John

      Dairen, follow your instincts. You’ll find this thread soaking in distrust of government, of the entire pharmaceutical industry, even of higher education. Sadly, MANY posters in this thread are so entrenched in their paranoia that they will pish-posh ANY source that would prove (to an educated but disinterested listener) them wrong. It all boils down to “people will believe what they will believe” despite all evidence presented to them. No authority can convince them otherwise because the authority would be part of (or a victim of) an even larger conspiracy. They (including the author) will promote “just do the research” because (as we all know) only truth can be found on the internet and ANYONE can properly interpret highly technical articles on health, biology, and advanced chemistry and statistics.

    • gio libertino

      if you read Italian, here is a list of many of the articles regarding this case. if you have doubts, you can google-translate to get at least the basic idea.

      the Italian legal system is quite different than the UK, USA or Canada. it is a much less litigious society than the USA and taking such cases to court often requires more convincing of culpability than would a similar case in, for example, the USA. in this light, the fact that the courts in Italy ruled in favour of the family is more telling.

      • Peter

        What is even more telling is that it was an Italian court that found scientists guilty for not predicting an earthquake.

        • Well, that’s just an ignorant misconception.
          I’m Italian and I’m quite tired of reading about how our scientists were found guilty for not predicting the earthquake in L’Aquila.
          Nobody indicted scientists for not predicting something unpredictable; we’re italians, not idiots.

          They were found guilty because they didn’t tell the local government that there was a VERY HIGH chance that a huge earthquake was coming (since the whole week before it hit there were signs).
          They were found guilty of not going to check the buildings the week before the earthquake, when they were called on it after the first signs.

          People died because these scientists were negligent in their analysis and lazy on their job.
          This is why they were found guilty.

          So, please, stop the crap about Italian scientific methods, because we’re still the country where some of the best scientists in the world come from.

          • Daisuke

            Excellent reply to the usual ignorance, Alessandra.

  6. Wendy

    My daughter’s heart stopped and she died for a short time, shortly after being forcefully administered measles vaccine, which was against my wishes since she had contra-indications, and had had measles previously. Doctors need to learn to respect parents’ wishes. Luckily, her life was saved by a first aider who gave her mouth to mouth and a heart massage, which miraculously worked. Very luckily. I will not tell you what my opinion is of the doctor that nearly killed her.

    • Peter, father of an Autistic child

      How big of a settlement did you get from suing this doctor for malpractice?

    • steve

      So what did the doctor do during this dubious story of a physician giving a vaccine and a “1st aider” saving the day

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