It is being reported in the Internet, that American Airlines has decided to air a short interview with Meryl Dorey of the Australian Vaccination Network (follow the link for the audio and the transcript of the interview). I went to the American Airlines website and followed their Contatc Us link for complaints and comments and submitted the following comment. I would like to suggest all of my readers to send a similar message to American Airlines.
It’s being reported that AA will broadcast an interview with anti-vaccine advocate Meryl Dorey via your in-flight “Executive Report” media and “American Way” magazine, from July to August 2012. Could you please confirm if this is true?
If true, I urge you to reconsider this decision. A transcript of the interview is circulating online and it appears that dangerous and untrue claims are being made about vaccines, claims that if given the wide platform that are all AA flights can potentially endanger the lives of millions.
If you decide to air/publish the interview your passengers will be exposed to untrue claims such as:
- “There are now more cases of whooping cough than there were before the vaccine was introduced and the vaccine is to blame.” This claim flies in the face of all scientific evidence, goes against expert advice from all medical bodies worldwide and is not true. It is also highly dangerous given how deadly whooping cough in is young babies. I urge you not to endanger the lives of young babies.
There are other topics that I don’t have the room to address here in detail. For example: autism has not been connected to vaccines; the study Ms. Dorey refers too has not been replicated and it has been retracted by the Lancet, etc.
I urge you to protect your passengers from these dangerous, wrong ideas. I urge you to reach out to real experts, doctors and immunologists and you will find that Ms. Dorey lacks any qualification in this area. I urge you to reconsider.
Please don’t shrug this off; if this goes through it could have a big negative impact. If you care about the health of our children, then take two minutes to send AA a message. Ask them to reconsider. Be nice; be polite; don’t threaten to take your business someplace else. Just ask them not to spread false, dangerous ideas. That ought to be enough. Now stop wasting time reading my site and go to the AA Contact Us page and submit your message.