Katie Couric Apologizes for HPV Segment Criticized as ‘Anti-Vaccine’

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“Katie” host says treatments like Gardasil are in fact effective, and that some of the media criticism “was valid”

Katie Couric said she regrets devoting too much of a recent “Katie” segment to the adverse effects of HPV vaccinations — and not enough time to their relative safety and effectiveness.

The talk show host has received blistering criticism in the media, with detractors claiming she gave too much credence to vaccine critics and did not emphasize scientific studies suggesting HPV vaccines such as Gardasil are highly effective.

“Following the show, and in fact before it even aired, there was criticism that the program was too anti-vaccine and anti-science, and in retrospect, some of that criticism was valid,” Couric said in an opinion piece Tuesday on the Huffington Post. “We simply spent too much time on the serious adverse events that have been reported in very rare cases following the vaccine. More emphasis should have been given to the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines.”

Written By: Brent Lang
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8 COMMENTS

  1. Unless Ms.Couric and her producers sincerely had a complete reversal in their stance about the soundness of vaccine theory, I’m afraid such apologies are of little practical value in the 21st century media environment.

    The damage has been done. She really should have know better (and may have).

    Mike

  2. A reminder that the old adage – a lie can be half way around the world before the truth has got its boots on, now in the current media it can circumnavigate the world twice over in that time.

  3. I had my own two daughters vaccinated (HPV)

    Was wondering if she’d done that – good that she mentioned it on her show. But…

    did anybody out there in the dark take heed, or did her words just become a whisper on a scream?

    Can’t remember if the vaccine works for males.

    • The vaccine does work for males too. The reasons given for not vaccinating men were that once the women vaccinated reached a high enough level then their male parners would be protected. The obvious error here is all the gay and bisexual men wouldn’t get this protection. So there is a push to extend it to those men now, though it is still patchy.
      In reply to #4 by bluebird:

      I had my own two daughters vaccinated (HPV)

      Was wondering if she’d done that – good that she mentioned it on her show. But…

      did anybody out there in the dark take heed, or did her words just become a whisper on a scream?

      Can’t remember if the vaccine works for males.

  4. In reply to #5 by Apeseed:

    The vaccine does work for males too. The reasons given for not vaccinating men were that once the women vaccinated reached a high enough level then their male partners would be protected. The obvious error here is all the gay and bisexual men wouldn’t get this protection. So there is a push to extend…

    The vaccine works for one and all, the reason for not giving it to males is that they do not get the cancer that it protects you from. A kind of I’m alright Jack vaccine policy for those that don’t care about the ladies. Seems like many countries, Canada, are now recommending the boys lend a hand.

    • You’re wrong when you say ” the reason for not giving it to males is that they do not get the cancer that it protects you from.”
      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/health/policy/26vaccine.html?_r=0
      “Most will overcome the infection with no ill effects. But in some people, infections lead to cellular changes that cause warts or cancer, including cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women. A growing body of evidence suggests that HPV also causes throat cancers in men and women as a result of oral sex.”
      *In reply to #7 by alaskansee:*

      In reply to #5 by Apeseed:

      The vaccine does work for males too. The reasons given for not vaccinating men were that once the women vaccinated reached a high enough level then their male partners would be protected. The obvious error here is all the gay and bisexual men wouldn’t get this protection….

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