Amanda Peet

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Amanda Peet sends her regrets.

The X Files star has issued an apology for saying in a recent Cookie magazine story that "parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites."

"I believe in my heart that my use of the word 'parasites' was mean and divisive," she writes in a letter that was posted today on the parenting magazine's website.

"I completely understand why it offended some parents, and in particular, parents of children with autism who feel that vaccines caused their illness. For this I am truly sorry."

However, Peet continues to be an outspoken advocate for children's vaccines.

"I still believe that the decision not to vaccinate our children bodes for a dangerous future," she writes. "Vast reductions in immunization will lead to a resurgence of deadly viruses."

As for autism, Peet has undoubtedly continued the debate by writing, "[T]here is no association between autism and vaccines. How many more studies do we need to conduct on vaccines, before we start re-channeling our efforts and money towards research on autism?"

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