Studies report there is no evidence that immunizations cause autism

By Samantha Chatman

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- After analyzing 67 research studies, USA Today reported that there is no evidence that immunizations cause autism.

The research stems from an ongoing debate that links vaccinations to the disease.

Rachel Dix has a two year old son with autism and a second child on the way.

She says the new report reaffirms her decision to move forward with vaccines for her son's health despite the myths.

"Yes I want answers and I want to know why and what causes it, but I figure he only has one life and I'm going to make sure he has a good one," said Dix.

Several local doctors say the benefits of getting kids vaccinated far outweigh the rare side effects of immunization.

Doctors are urging parents to speak to a pediatrician to discuss any possible concerns they may have about vaccines.

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