by Critical Thinking Bear
April 11, 2011 2:34 pm Update: CBS is not waiting to promote these ads later—they are showing RIGHT NOW in Times Square. Don’t hesitate to make your voice heard to them!
CBS has scheduled an anti-vaccine ad in Times Square on April 28. I was alerted to this from Skepchick.org, where readers are asked to sign a petition, tweet our concerns to @CBSOutdoor (with hashtag #VaxCBS), and to email CBS directly. Below is a copy of my email.
To Whom it May Concern:
It has been brought to my attention that you will be featuring an advert for Mercola and NVIC which promotes “choice” in vaccines. This ad is scheduled to premier in Times Square on April 28. I am writing to implore you not to show this ad and to consider your future should this ad show as planned.
Current outbreaks (see below), and many more outside the U.S. are the direct cause of frightened parents being encouraged to make a “choice” (i.e., to not vaccinate) their children. Diseases which we have had the privilege and medical competence to never experience in our lives are coming back—these completely preventable diseases are viciously contagious, and many are debilitating and even deadly to many members of our society.
There are no significant dangers in vaccines. They are safe and necessary to the health of our children and ourselves.
I ask that you consider your future in running this ad. Outbreaks are happening right now. If parents continue to be swayed by fear mongers not to listen to their doctors or the health requirements of schools, these outbreaks will turn into a pandemic. You will be remembered as promoting, and thereby indirectly causing, some of the most senseless, widespread infections and deaths in the modern world.
Show your conscience. Cancel the Mercola/NVIC Ad.
Below are examples of existing outbreaks reported in the news (linked from Skepchick.org). Please take the time to read and consider them.
- A measles outbreak has hospitalized up to a half dozen young children in Minnesota. This outbreak is directly linked to Andrew Wakefield’s hoax of an anti-MMR study.
- Blue Mountain School (PreK – 8) in Roanoke, Va, which does not require it’s students to be vaccinated, is closed due to a whooping cough outbreak. The small school of 45 students has at least 30 confirmed cases between students and staff.
- Thirty unvaccinated high school students and two pregnant faculty members have been removed from a school in Utah after one unvaccinated teen contracted measles, putting the school’s population at risk.
- Over the past four years, almost 77,000 people have been infected and 710 have died from vaccine-preventable diseases.
If you come to this blog at a loss for what’s going on, let me give you the short and sweet—make that, the quick and dirty. There is nothing sweet about this, and there is a lot of dirty.
A British doctor was being paid buku bucks under the table to discredit the MMR vaccine so that other companies could push their replacement vaccines and make buku more bucks. He fudged numbers in his study and published a report that linked the MMR vaccine to potential health risks, including autism. The study was later recanted (in academia, recanting is not taken lightly, folks!), and the doctor was struck off (i.e., license revoked) in the U.K. Regardless of the correction, the link to autism stuck in the public’s mind. Now, an uneducated playboy bunny is telling the world that her baby’s autism (which he never had) was caused by vaccines; she and her ilk encourage alternate vaccines or none at all.
You may think, But if so many people are showing this concern, couldn’t there be something to it?
Popularity of an idea does not make it true. The same thing is happening in Africa, thanks to the Catholic Church: people have been told condoms cause AIDS, and so they will not use them. We are not immune to the same ignorance just because we are a rich, industrious nation.
Some reading material:
- How the Case Against the MMR Vaccine was Fixed
- What Does “Anti-Vaccine” Really Mean?
- Freeways, Autism, and Correlation Versus Causation
- Vaccine Ingredients
- Misconceptions About Immunization