Paul: I did not say vaccinations cause mental disorders

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul now says he thinks vaccinations are safe.

The potential 2016 presidential contender, said Monday he was aware of "many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines."

Late Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican issued a statement in which he denies saying immunizations cause disorders.

Paul says he noted that they were "temporally related," or connected by time. The senator says he "did not allege causation."

He adds that he believes vaccines have saved lives and should be administered to children. He also tweeted a photograph of himself receiving a booster vaccination Tuesday for the immunizations he received last year.

Paul, an ophthalmologist, says he's had his own children immunized.

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