Facts for Parents About Vaccine Safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
This link gives background on autism and mitochondrial disease, as well as the importance of vaccines and their lack of a link to autism.
Do vaccines cause autism?
Short answer: NO.
Long answer: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Longer answer and resources:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html <— Center for Disease Control resource, with the headings “There is no link between vaccines and autism” and “Vaccine ingredients do not cause autism.”
http://www.thearc.org/document.doc?id=3665 <— Document from The Arc (an organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities) with facts about childhood vaccines, the types of vaccines, their safety, and the reasons why it is crucial to vaccinate your children. Namely, “Deciding not to immunize a child puts that child and others who come in contact with him or her at risk of contracting a disease that could be dangerous or even deadly” (TheArc).