A nationwide pediatricians' group wants ABC to cancel the first episode of a new television series, saying it perpetuates a myth that vaccines can cause autism.We had a very heated discussion about this topic a few weeks ago on newsanchormom.com. Look for the title Autism and Vaccinations in the archives to get both sides of this controversial issue.
The episode of the legal drama "Eli Stone" features a courtroom battle over a claim that a flu vaccine made a child autistic.
When it's revealed that an executive at the fictional vaccine maker didn't let his own child get the shot, the jury sides with the family.
The American Academy of Pediatrics claims the show is "the height of reckless irresponsibility on the part of ABC." It says the network will share the responsibility if parents who watch the show fail to get their children immunized because of it -- and deaths occur as a result.
The show's co-creators say they're not anti-vaccine and they would be "deeply upset" if parents chose not to immunize their children based on a fictional program.
"Eli Stone" premieres on Thursday.