American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) President Robert Block, MD Sent A Letter To Delta's CEO


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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  (See Delta Air Lines Blocks Important Health Ad On In-flight Programming)

Richard Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Delta Air Lines 
Dear Mr. Anderson, 

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

While hand 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. 

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. The influenza vaccine is safe and effective. 

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 influenza can have serious consequences. From September 2010 to August 2011, 115 children died from influenza disease, most of whom were unvaccinated. 

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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