Katie Couric faced a major backlash after a segment on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine on her ABC talk show, Katie. The show featured two moms – one whose daughter died from indeterminate causes shortly after receiving the HPV vaccine; and another whose daughter claimed the vaccine caused years of illness.
These personal accounts conflicted with research, including a CDC-FDA report that found no serious side effects related to the HPV vaccine, but Couric didn't give much air time to researchers or her medical correspondent Mallika Marshall, MD, who offered the facts about the vaccine and the cancers it prevents.
One wag likened Couric to another anti-vacciner, Jenny McCarthy, who claims that vaccines cause autism – a statement that has been disproven countless times by medical experts and scientists.
"We simply spent too much time on the serious adverse events that have been reported in very rare cases following the vaccine," Couric wrote on Huffington Post.
That may have been too little, too late, but we forgive Katie, who famously informed the world about colon cancer screening by having a colonoscopy on the TODAY show after her husband died of the disease.