Pull NVIC's anti-vaccine ad from the ABC Screen in Times Square
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Pull NVIC's anti-vaccine ad from the ABC Screen in Times Square

    1. Jamie Bernstein
    2. Petition by

      Jamie Bernstein

      Chicago, IL

National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on the ABC Full Circle Screen in Times Square spreads needless fear about childhood vaccinations.

An ad by the NVIC earlier this year on a different screen in Times Square and an NVIC PSA that was playing on Delta Airline flights was condemned by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being harmful, unfounded, unscientific and misleading.

The NVIC is a notorious anti-vaccine organization, whose name and website are designed to give the impression that they are a legitimate government agency. However their "vaccine information" is designed to frighten the public and encourage individuals to opt out of protecting themselves and their children through immunization.

This is an especially dangerous time to be spreading fear about vaccines in New York City, where the NYC Department of Health has confirmed 126 cases of whooping cough since August 2011. Whooping cough is a serious disease and infants are especially at risk of serious illness or even death. Vaccines are our most powerful tool in defense against diseases like whooping cough. However, if NVIC’s ad is successful, we may see more people refusing vaccinations for themselves and their children, and a rise in illness and death within the US.

NVIC’s Times Square ad is misleading and downright dangerous. ABC and Disney, you need to take responsibility for protecting public health by pulling NVIC’s harmful ad before it can do more damage.

This petition was created by the Women Thinking Free Foundation. For more information, please visit the http://www.hugmeimvaccinated.org

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Smart Planet blogged about the petition today.

      Jamie Bernstein
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you Janet Fang from SmartPlanet.com!

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. For the Herd's Sake, Vaccinate!

      Jamie Bernstein
      Petition Organizer

      A New York Times opinion article by Steven Weinreb explains why an individual's decision on whether to vaccinate or not can affect the health of the entire community.

    5. Dangerous Anti-Vaccination Propaganda in Times Square AGAIN… On New Year’s

      Jamie Bernstein
      Petition Organizer

      Matt Lowry wrote a great article about the dangers of the anti-vaccine Times Square ad on the JREF blog.

    6. Stop Anti-vaxxers Now

      Kyle VanderBeek
      Principal Engineer

      Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, provides a ton of useful links about anti-vaccination propaganda and the evidence against their position. Vaccines save lives!

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. Times Square's 5000 Sq Ft Anti-Vaccine Party Extravaganza!

      Kyle VanderBeek
      Principal Engineer

      NVIC isn’t happy with just spreading horrible diseases on airplanes. Now they’re running a new ad in Times Square on ABC Full Circle’s 5000 square foot TSQ Digital Screen, where millions of people get to see it every day.

    9. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Joan George ANDERSON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Misinformation about public health issues can cause serious and unnecessary problems.

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    • James Olson FOSTER CITY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a retired Public Health communicable disease specialist and I believe in the importance of childhood vaccines.

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    • Rita Swan LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      The NVIC's attacks on vaccines are not evidence-based and might scare parents away from the very important benefits of vaccines for their children.

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    • Patti Wolfe WEST BLOOMFIELD, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      Another way to make money by making people sick. Sick people need prescription medicine, visit the Dr. Pharmaceutical companies become obscenely profitable. Get your vaccine free under Obamacares

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    • CHANTAL CORONEL BERKELEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      ABC, take a moment about the implications that you are advertising against vaccinations, will you?* What kind of medical school did you go to?*The Anti-vaccine messages your network displays do nothing but instigate fear, contribute more outbreaks of preventable infectious diseases, AND make the jobs of parents who vaccinate their children and themselves, not to mention making medical professionals' job much more difficult than it really needs to be. Leave the health issues to public health professionals and to the doctors (they went to school for 10+ years and they know their stuff about vaccinations for the greater good!).

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