When News Reporters Become News Makers: Katie Couric and Gardasil

Teresa M. Pelham

Mommy Minute

2:14 PM EST, December 11, 2013


In similar fashion to Jenny McCarthy’s declaration that vaccinations lead to autism, Katie Couric recently ticked off those pushing for young people to be vaccinated against HPV, (human papillomavirus, a sexually-transmitted virus that can lead to certain to cancers.)

Because talk show hosts appear in people’s living rooms every day, viewers feel a connection to them, and give them more credibility than they might deserve on a variety of topics.

No offense against, Ms. Couric, but really: Ask your doctor. Do your research. Then decide if your child will be vaccinated.