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AAP asks CBS to pull anti-vaccine ad

April 13th, 2011 · 172 Comments · Kudos

The American Academy of Pediatrics has asked CBS Outdoor to pull an anti-vaccine video from the Times Square jumbotron. The 20-second ad is sponsored by the deceptively-named National Vaccine Information Center, and quack-medicine vendor Mercola.com.  According to NVIC, “the message is shown every hour for 18 hours a day on the 20 by 26-foot full color big screen located on 42nd St. between 7th and 8th Avenues near Broadway and the NY Port Authority and directly beneath where the crystal ball drops at midnight on Times Square every New Year’s Eve.”

Here is the letter:

April 13, 2011

Mr. Wally Kelly
Chairman and CEO
CBS Outdoor
405 Lexington Ave., 14th floor
New York, NY 10174

Dear Mr. Kelly,
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) objects to the paid advertisement/public service message from the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) being shown throughout the month of April on the CBS JumboTron in Times Square, New York. The AAP and many other child health organizations have worked hard to protect children and their families from unfounded and unscientific misinformation regarding vaccine safety. Vaccines are safe.

By providing advertising space to an organization like the NVIC, which opposes the nation’s recommended childhood immunization schedule and promotes the unscientific practice of delaying or skipping vaccines altogether, you are putting the lives of children at risk, leaving them unprotected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Diseases like measles and pertussis (whooping cough) can have serious consequences, including seizures, brain damage and even death. From January 1 through December 31, 2010, 9,477 cases of pertussis (including ten infant deaths) were reported throughout California. This is the most cases reported in 65 years there.

The AAP’s 60,000 member pediatricians urge you to remove these harmful messages, which fail to inform the public about the safety of life-saving vaccines. Please do your part to help reassure parents that vaccinating their children on schedule is the best way to protect them from deadly diseases.

Sincerely,

O. Marion Burton, MD, FAAP
President

The ad tells parents to “get informed”, but directs them to NVIC and Mercola, where misinformation about vaccine risks, ingredients, and benefits abound. Here is the ad:

Orac, Skepchick, and Skeptical Teacher have more on CBS Outdoor and the anti-vaccine ad.

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  • 1 They Want to Ban Our Times Square Billboard Message « Blog Archive « vernaardoin // May 6, 2011 at 3:02 am

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  • 2 Nathan // May 6, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Hey, MERCK! You’re not supposed to be using the internet to market your poison. Get out of my cyberspace!

  • 3 Chris // May 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Nathan, I was unaware that you owned this blog. Though, could you be so kind to tell us where the Merck advertisement is on this blog?

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  • 6 Rebuttals -- See Previous Posts for More Info. // May 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Many studies done that prove the dangers associated with vaccinations were conducted before 2009. Suddenly, almost overnight, studies started to appear condemning anti-vaccine science.

    Why the sudden switch?

    I found it difficult to find freely available studies (on academic databases) that were showing risks in vaccine use and that were conducted in the last few years. I don’t see this as proof of vaccine safety; I see this as something worthy of suspicion, especially when it coincides with the political debates in this country.

    Are these rampant “studies” showing MMR safe and effective science or something more?

    Do your homework. Be informed.

  • 7 Andrew // May 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    “I found it difficult to find freely available studies (on academic databases) that were showing risks in vaccine use and that were conducted in the last few years. I don’t see this as proof of vaccine safety; I see this as something worthy of suspicion, especially when it coincides with the political debates in this country.”

    I find it difficult to find freely available proof that alien lizards aren’t controlling the government – I don’t see that has evidence that there aren’t any alien lizards, I see it as an indication that the aliens are more clever than I previously thought – the only alternative would be admitting that I could be wrong, which is too outrageous a possibility to admit.

  • 8 Rebuttals -- See Previous Posts for More Info. // May 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    “I find it difficult to find freely available proof that alien lizards aren’t controlling the government – I don’t see that has evidence that there aren’t any alien lizards, I see it as an indication that the aliens are more clever than I previously thought – the only alternative would be admitting that I could be wrong, which is too outrageous a possibility to admit.”

    Straw man tactic. You misrepresented my position by quoting only a portion of what I said. If there was ample evidence that alien lizards were controlling the government and then suddenly the “science” changed, then your so-called refutation would be worthy of further commentary.

    But it isn’t.

    You can’t comment on the research presented because that would require effort. Instead, you brush everything aside to remain comfortable on your couch of hubris.

  • 9 Julian Frost // May 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    @Rebuttals — See Previous Posts for More Info
    I should say tl;dr, but I happened to notice that Mark and David Geier were authors on a lot of the papers you cited.
    Mark Geier has been stripped of his license to practise medicine in Maryland.
    David Geier, who managed to get a position on the Maryland State Commission for Autism as a Diagnostician – despite having no medical qualifications – has been asked to step down.

  • 10 Rebuttals // May 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

    The moderator pulled my posts that had the articles. This is NOT a source to gather information. The articles were pertinent because it illustrated that plenty of legitimate research has been done supporting the risks involved AND THE MODERATOR PULLED IT.

    This forum is a waste of time.

    And as for Julian’s comment my response is this: “So did you read the research? You hear about somebody getting their credentials washed off and you think that resolves the matter? What personal research and effort have you put into actually reading their work? Just because the status quo says ‘shame on you’ doesn’t mean the points made were illogical and the research done was unsound.”

    The moderator will probably pull this post, too.

    Forum for journalists? More like a forum for indoctrination and no critical thought.

  • 11 Rebuttals // May 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I repeat: the moderator pulled the vast amounts of data I provided that illustrated the risks involved in vaccinations. The research came from academic sources and the moderator pulled it.

    How can there be a discussion on “evidence” when the moderator pulls that evidence and leaves only what he likes?

    This is crap.

  • 12 Chris // May 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Rebuttals:

    Many studies done that prove the dangers associated with vaccinations were conducted before 2009. Suddenly, almost overnight, studies started to appear condemning anti-vaccine science.

    Excuse me? Exactly how are these study after 2009:

    Relationship between MMR Vaccine and Autism.
    Klein KC, Diehl EB.
    Ann Pharmacother. 2004; 38(7-8):1297-300
    *Literature review of 10 studies

    MMR Vaccination and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: A Case-Control Study.
    Smeeth L et al.
    Lancet 2004; 364(9438):963-9
    *Subjects: 1294 cases and 4469 controls

    Age at First Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination in Children with Autism and School-Matched Control Subjects: A Population-Based Study in Metropolitan Atlanta.
    DeStefano F et al. Pediatrics 2004; 113(2): 259-66
    *Subjects: 624 children with autism and 1,824 controls

    Neurologic Disorders after Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination.
    Makela A et al.
    Pediatrics 2002; 110:957-63
    *Subjects: 535,544 children vaccinated between November 1982 and June 1986 in Finland

    A Population-Based Study of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination and Autism.
    Madsen KM et al.
    N Engl J Med 2002; 347(19):1477-82
    *Subjects: All 537,303 children born 1/91–12/98 in Denmark

    Relation of Childhood Gastrointestinal Disorders to Autism: Nested Case Control Study Using Data from the UK General Practice Research Database.
    Black C et al.
    BMJ 2002; 325:419-21
    *Subjects: 96 children diagnosed with autism and 449 controls

    Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination and Bowel Problems or Developmental Regression in Children with Autism: Population Study.
    Taylor B et al.
    BMJ 2002; 324(7334):393-6
    *Subjects: 278 children with core autism and 195 with atypical autism

    No Evidence for a New Variant of Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Induced Autism.
    Fombonne E et al.
    Pediatrics 2001;108(4):E58
    *Subjects: 262 autistic children (pre- and post-MMR samples)

    Measles-Mumps-Rubella and Other Measles-Containing Vaccines Do Not Increase the Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Case-Control Study from the Vaccine Safety Datalink Project.
    Davis RL et al.
    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2001;155(3):354-9
    *Subjects: 155 persons with IBD with up to 5 controls each

    Time Trends in Autism and in MMR Immunization Coverage in California.
    Dales L et al.
    JAMA 2001; 285(9):1183-5
    *Subjects: Children born in 1980-94 who were enrolled in California kindergartens (survey samples of 600–1,900 children each year)

    Mumps, Measles, and Rubella Vaccine and the Incidence of Autism Recorded by General Practitioners: A Time Trend Analysis.
    Kaye JA et al.
    BMJ 2001; 322:460-63
    *Subjects: 305 children with autism

    Further Evidence of the Absence of Measles Virus Genome Sequence in Full Thickness Intestinal Specimens from Patients with Crohn’s Disease.
    Afzal MA, et al.
    J Med Virol 2000; 62(3):377-82
    *Subjects: Specimens from patients with Crohn’s disease

    Autism and Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine: No Epidemiological Evidence for a Causal Association.
    Taylor B et al.
    Lancet 1999;353 (9169):2026-9
    *Subjects: 498 children with autism

    Absence of Detectable Measles Virus Genome Sequence in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Tissues and Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes.
    Afzal MA et al.
    J Med Virol 1998; 55(3):243-9
    *Subjects: 93 colonoscopic biopsies and 31 peripheral blood lymphocyte preparations

    No Evidence for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine-Associated Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Autism in a 14-year Prospective Study.
    Peltola H et al.
    Lancet 1998; 351:1327-8
    *Subjects: 3,000,000 doses of MMR vaccine

  • 13 Fraud, Endangerment // May 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Andrew Wakefield has been reported to the FBI.

  • 14 Chris // May 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Lord Truth, I just finished reading Grinnell’s book, Everyday Practice of Science. I believe it comes closer to my feelings than yours, especially between pages 13 and 17 that he describes post-modernism as naive and make-believe.

    And if you still believe in Wakefield, then please re-read chapters 4 and 5.

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  • 18 club penguin // Aug 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    good advice

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  • 21 Thomas // Nov 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Ken: Looks like someone else hasn’t pierced your oh-so-secret identity (or learned how to spell)

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