On her talk show today, Katie Couric will interview a mother who claims her daughter died because she was vaccinated with the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
A teaser for the today's broadcast (video below) features the scary intro: "The HPV vaccine is considered a life-saving cancer preventer, but is it a potentially deadly dose for girls? Meet a mom who claims her daughter died after getting the HPV vaccine, and hear all sides of the HPV vaccine controversy."
In addition to the mom, the show also includes pediatrician Dr. Mallika Marshall who explains why she believes the HPV vaccine is an important treatment.
However, to most medical professionals there is a false equivocation between HPV vaccine facts and myths.
Science writer Seth Mnookin claims that he was contacted to do the show, but was later dropped.
Mnookin writes on PLOS.org:
A study published in the British Medical Journal in October evaluated 997,000 girls, 296,000 of whom had received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. More than 150,000 of those girls received all three doses. The results? Absolutely no link to short- or long-term health problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "In addition to girls and boys aged 11 or 12 years, HPV vaccines are also recommended for teen boys and girls who did not get the vaccine when they were younger, teen girls and young women through age 26, as well as teen boys and young men through age 21."
However, in the US, only 33 percent of teen girls get all three shots of the HPV vaccine mainly because their parents fear they might then engage in sexual activity.