Yesterday, it came to my attention that the National Vaccine Information Center was planning to place a short video on Delta Airline's in-flight video programs.
NVIC Educates on Delta Air Lines in November
During the month of November, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) will have a 3-minute video on flu prevention included as part of in-flight programming call "Lifestyle365" aboard Delta Air Lines. The video features NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher urging viewers to become informed about influenza and how to stay well during the flu season.
It turns out that the company producing "Lifestyle365", In-Flight Media Associates had approached a number of organizations and health-products companies earlier this year, offering a 5-minute slot at a 30% discount for a special edition on the fall flu and allergy season.
Having NVIC's message in front of millions of people seemed like a really bad idea to me, so I emailed a number of my friends who are advocates for public health and vaccination, including Elyse Anders of SkepChick.
Elyse wrote I Flu Delta Action Alert and created a petition campaign at Change.org, Tell Delta to Stop Putting Their Passengers' Health at Risk.
So there's the action item, but there's more.
Emily Willingham at the Biology Files wrote As Usual, the Flu Seasons Marks The Start of the Ant-Vaccination Season, Too!, surveying previous' years' anti-vaccination efforts and motives.
Orac at Respectful Insolence wrote "Vaccine Injury Awareness Week": Joe Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher dupe Delta Airlines into running an anti-vaccine PSA, reviewing the 2.5 minute video and pointing out Barbara Loe Fisher's manipulations of the evidence.
ToddW at Harpocrates Speaks wrote A Little Bit of Poison in a Sweet, Inviting Wrapper. The problem with the video is (a) it includes some questionable information, and (2) more cogently, seems to validate NVIC as a source of information, when in fact the NVIC web site "is rife with misinformation and distortions of fact."
Reading comprehension fail on my part. The ECBT plan is to air in December and January.
Update: The last time Elyse Anders engaged in pro-science, pro-vaccine activism, the folk at SafeMinds and Age of Autism got ugly.