Thanks to Skepchick Elyse Anders for bringing this to our attention!
On April 28, CBS is planning to run an anti-vaccine ad on the JumboTron screen in New York’s Times Square. The ad is sponsored by Mercola and the National Vaccine Information Center and is masquerading as a “PSA”, but is nothing of the sort. It is an ad that will encourage the spread of misinformation and fear. Their message warns that vaccine risks outweigh the benefits, and that vaccines are completely optional.
Ask the seven kids in Minnesota what option they had when they were not given vaccines and are now hospitalized with measles (a result that is being attributed to Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent autism study). Or perhaps, the twenty-three kids at a private school in VA that were not vaccinated and are now suffering with pertussis (whooping cough). Were they given the option of vaccination, or were their parents victims of continued fear-mongering about the dangers of vaccines. What about the ten infants who died from whopping cough last year in California. What options did they have?
There is no doubt about this, vaccines save lives! As vaccination rates drop, there will undoubtedly be a resurgence of diseases like whooping cough, measles, and polio. These are not diseases of the past.
This video will be seen by thousands and thousands of people. It must be stopped!
I urge you to sign Elyse’s petition, and email CBS. Tell them this is unacceptable, irresponsible, and completely negligent! They have a social responsibility to not spread misinformation and fear. If these ads do run, CBS will have contributed directly to the ill-health of children worldwide.
Here’s the to-do list:
· Sign the petition to stop the airing of the ad.
· Email CBS to let them know how you feel about the
· Tweet @CBSOutdoor (#VaxCBS) to send them your message
· Get the message out wherever you can!