I'm sure most of you have been reading about Katie Couric's show that recently aired that featured two mothers who claim their daughters were injured by the HPV vaccine. It has been strongly criticized in the media and other science blogs (science based medicine, skeptical raptor, respectful insolence, redwineandapplesauce etc).
Katie Couric has since apologized for the segment on her show, and thought I would share. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/12/10/katie-couric-hpv-segment-apology/3958423/
Here's a link to her actual piece on huffingtonpost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katie-couric/vaccine-hpv-furthering-conversation_b_4418568.html?utm_hp_ref=yahoo&ir=Yahoo
"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. 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.
There is no definitive proof that these two situations were related to the vaccine. Every life is important. However, the time spent telling these stories was disproportionate to the statistical risk attendant to the vaccines and greater perspective is needed.
I know there is a segment of the population that has expressed intense concern over vaccines in general and that this is an emotional issue for some. But based on the science, my personal view is that the benefits of the HPV vaccine far outweigh its risks. That is why, as I said on my show, I had my own two daughters vaccinated against HPV. I hope that other parents will look at the research and the facts, and make a reasoned decision on the HPV vaccine and what is best for their children."
So what do you guys think? was an apology warranted in this case? Did she spend too much time talking with these two mothers and not enough talking about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine?