What Happened in the 1980s?
The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act
The Act was passed and included language that vaccines are "unavoidably unsafe" and cause a myriad of adverse events such as death, encephalopathy, and autoimmune disease, which is listed on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Tabled Injuries. At the time, many of those who campaigned for vaccine injury awareness supported the Act because it proposed an avenue for presumed easy compensation for the injured, which has not been the case. The process is arduous, time-consuming, and not patient-centered (Government Accountability Office, 2014). The money that funds the compensation is derived from a consumer tax. So in essesence for the first time in history the consumer is funding liability for product failure not the manufacture.
So What Happened Next?
It is very clear the 1983 recommended vaccine schedule was causing death, brain injury and other chronic life-long conditions, which resulted in Tort pharmaceutical protection so that manufacturing could continue; however, what resulted was a huge bloat in the schedule with no end in sight.
Vaccines in the Pipeline
Changepoint Year for Autism
What I find most interesting is the EPA's own scientific autism prevalence study, which controlled for things like substituted-diagnosis (mental retardation), and other factors. They concluded that the autism epidemic was real and hit the entire nation across all state lines around the same time-frame, which they call the change point year of autism being 1988-1989 (McDonald, & Paul, 2010).
McDonald, M., Paul, J. (2010). Timing of increased autistic disorder cumulative incidence. Environmental Science & Technology. Retrieved from http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es902057k