The New York Times called a national billboard campaign that warns of vaccine dangers "anti-vaccine." They claim to want to protect children - and so they bully and cajole and write article after article denying vaccine injury while pushing any and all vaccines available from Hep A to Zostrix. Of course. As ever. Anyone who mentions that vaccines have side effects is called anti-vaccine. It's a pejorative plain and simple used to write off any and all information. Take a look at the two articles below - what's missing from the article on the billboard they don't like? Ah yes, the actual billboard. Lord, I wish Dan Olmsted were here today with us to write this story. Eleven years ago, The Times wrote an article about billboards that warned drivers not to drink with a cutesy Broadway analogy. Drivers will get a "starring role" in their mug shot! The campaign is called the "brainchild"... of the county attorney.
They warn that the son of former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Nick Catone died from a vaccine, though the infant's death was officially ruled to be sudden infant death syndrome.
A physician director for the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Dr. Michael Kilkenny, says the case is tragic but the medical community's consensus that vaccines are safe and effective remains unchanged. The Herald-Dispatch reported Sunday that the messages have appeared this month in Parkersburg, Dunbar and Huntington as part of a national campaign by the nonprofit Learn The Risk group. More than 30 similar billboards have cropped up in Pennsylvania, New York and other states. See the article here.
Here's the drunk driving billboard story clip from 2007:
The Web site and billboards, which began last month, are the brainchildren of Andrew P. Thomas, the county attorney here who has served as the prosecutorial counterpart to the county’s hard-edged sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who has been known to force inmates into pink underwear.
The purposes of the billboards and the Web site, Mr. Thomas has said, are to inform the public about drunken-driving laws, and to serve as a deterrent. Read more here.
In my town, if your child is caught drinking at your home, your name can go on a large banner that sits next to our town hall. Scaring people works. It's why the pro-vaccine injury community uses, "babies will die!" and folks run to get the ineffective flu shot in droves at a grocery store. Fear is always a sales or motivation tactic. It sells life insurance. Deodorant. Fear also convinces us NOT to do something. Like drunk driving. Like vaccinating. And there's the problem for the pro-vaxxers. It works. When people wake up and hear stories from people they trust, including their own doctors, they stop vaccinating. It's their choice. This is still the USA. Despite the horrific political climate.
Billboards are old school media. They work. To the Catone family - we're sorry. We understand. We know. We need 3000 billboards. A mother and a father deserve answers. Our injured kids have the "starring" role. KIM