Short Sharp Science: Family win $1.5 million in autism-vaccine payout


Andy Coghlan, reporter

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.

Short Sharp Science: Family win $1.5 million in autism-vaccine payout.


  1. Great post, I actually enjoyed glossing over it, keep doing the good thoughts.

  2. I love how they point out all the POSSIBLE reasons for her autism, other than the actual vaccine, yet they’re paying out 1.5MILLION + $500,000 per YEAR! That’s no chump change. No amount of money will ever be enough to make up for the damage done to this little girl, but I’m glad they’ve gotten some justice. Their case will undoubtedly help many others, and eventually eliminate any room for excuses.