American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) President
Robert Block, MD Sent A Letter To Delta's CEO, Richard Anderson Asking
Them To Reconsider The Decision To Accept The NVIC Advertisement.
November 4, 2011
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 November on Delta’s in-flight
programming. The ad urges viewers to become informed
about influenza and how to stay well during the flu
season without resorting to the influenza vaccine.
|Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP AAP President|
washing and covering sneezes are parts of a larger strategy to
prevent the spread of influenza, influenza vaccine continues to
be the best way to protect against the disease. It is especially
important in enclosed settings where disease droplets can easily
spread to passengers sitting in close quarters, especially
infants and children and those with special health care needs.
and many other child health organizations have worked hard to
protect children and their families from unfounded and
unscientific misinformation regarding vaccine safety. The
influenza vaccine is safe and effective.
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 influenza can have
serious consequences. From September 2010 to August 2011, 115
children died from influenza disease, most of whom were
The AAP’s 60,000 member pediatricians urge you to remove these harmful messages, which fail to inform the public about the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccine. Please do your part to help reassure parents that vaccinating their children is the best way to protect them from influenza disease, particularly during this busy travel season.
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