The influential American Academy of Pediatrics, which is the nation's largest pediatricians' group, has said that ABC should cancel the first episode of the new drama series "Eli Stone" because it will give weight to the idea vaccines can cause autism.
The episode features a lawyer who argues in court that a flu vaccine made a child autistic. When it is revealed in court that a vaccine company executive didn't allow his own child to get the shot, jurors side with the family.
Greg Berlanti, a co-creator of the show, said the episode is intended "to participate in what is a national conversation" about a controversial subject. ABC said it would still air the show, but would include a disclaimer about the plot line.
* Seattle Times January 29, 2008
* New York Times January 29, 2008