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New research weakens arguments against child vaccines

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A review from the Rand Corporation and Harvard shows no link between pediatric vaccines and autism. (Source: WTVT/FOX) A review from the Rand Corporation and Harvard shows no link between pediatric vaccines and autism. (Source: WTVT/FOX)

(WTVT/FOX) - There is more evidence to reassure parents it's OK to get their children vaccinated.

A new review of existing scientific evidence has concluded childhood vaccines are safe and don't cause serious health problems.

Researchers found strong evidence that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is not associated with autism and found no link between childhood leukemia and several traditional vaccines.

Dr. Marc Siegel hopes the findings convince parents not to delay vaccines.

"We need more and more evidence because parents understandably worry when they have an infant and they're putting a needle in their arm," Siegel said. "They want to know it's safe. This study looks at 67 other studies. It's from the Rand Corporation, which is really a very smart research group, and Harvard."

Siegel said side effects from the vaccines are rashes and rare seizures, but usually no worse than that.

"And no evidence of a link for autism," Siegel said. "I always like to say fear of the disease should be much worse than fear of the vaccine."

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