Balancing Policy Tensions of the Vaccine Act in Light of the Omnibus Austim Proceeding: Are Petitioners Getting a Fair Shot at Compensation?
Her life has been marked with sadness and suffering, but when Michelle Cedillo was born in 1994 she was a happy, healthy baby. She shifted into her toddler years meeting all key developmental milestones. Then at fifteen months of age she received the measles-mumps-rubella (―MMR‖) vaccine and her life was changed forever. Michelle‘s development began to regress as she became increasingly less interactive and affectionate, lost motor skills and the ability to verbalize, and began engaging in repetitive behavior patterns. Her condition continued to decline, and, eventually Michelle was diagnosed with autism.