When informed consumers go at your company, it’s advisable to pay attention. Is this latest skirmish between anti-vax promoters and a major restaurant chain a turning point in vaccination awareness?
We covered this story in leftovers yesterday but it has hit the mainstream press today. I think that’s a VERY good thing. The autism org also shows its true colors in its reaction to consumers.
Chili’s has canceled a fundraiser for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community.
To honor National Autism Awareness month, the restaurant chain had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association. The group, based in Attleboro Falls, Mass., says its focus is on safety issues for the autistic community. But a section of its website also states that it believes vaccinations can “trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children.”
This was the outcry yesterday mainly by bloggers that made a big wave on social media. Chili’s Autism Awareness Problem. Chili’s pulls their support for anti-vax Autism org after outcry. They communicated via Facebook page. Chili’s is committed to giving back to the…
From the AP article above, the president of the National Autism Association, Wendy Fournier, said she was “shocked” by the backlash and “this group of individuals that is trying to pigeonhole us as anti-vaccine.” She also noted they would not be changing the website that has this information. AND, she sends up a giant woo-woo flag saying that it’s not clear that vaccines DON’T cause autism. OH, yes it is clear, and you, NAA, are contributing to suffering and death with your baseless stance against them.
Vaccination rates are down in many wealthy countries and, because of that, there is a resurgence in vaccine-preventable diseases and even deaths.
Orac blogs about it here:Chili’s gets burned by an antivaccine group posing as an “autism advocacy” group – Respectful Insolence. Mike Adams, of Natural News, continues the parade of nonsense, calling it a “smear campaign” by “medical nazis” (that’s why NN heads the No-no list). As Orac notes, Chili’s tried to do a good thing but didn’t know the ugly stuff behind this charity.
The more that we speak up against anti-vax misinformation, the faster this dangerous trend in children’s health falls away. Chili’s did an excellent thing by dropping the event. You should say thank you and let them know that the outrage comments they get about being nazis are outweighed by the thoughtful, knowledgable patrons who value vaccines as a vital health issue.