“Katie” host Katie Couric opened up about a segment on the show that drew a torrent of criticism, saying in essence that the critics make a good point.
Couric wrote in an article on The Huffington Post that the show’s piece about the HPV vaccine had problems. The show spent “too much time on the serious adverse events that have been reported in very rare cases following the vaccine," she wrote.
As we reported previously, Couric was accused of “fear mongering” in connection with the report, which focused on a mother who claims her daughter died after getting a vaccine. A study in the British Medical Journal found no link between the vaccine and short- or long-term health problems.
Couric wrote: “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.”
She added: “There’s no question that vaccination is highly effective … Nevertheless, concerns have been raised about reactions to the vaccination. Unfortunately, there’s no question reactions can occur, as with all vaccines.”
Couric continued: “As a journalist, I felt that we couldn’t simply ignore these reports … However, the time spent telling these stories was disproportionate to the statistical risk attendant to the vaccines and greater perspective is needed.”