Do the benefits of HPV vaccine outweigh the risks?

Avatar for Cmmelissa
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Do the benefits of HPV vaccine outweigh the risks?
Tue, 12-10-2013 - 3:09pm

Katie Couric has an article in the Huffington Post regarding segments they did on her talk show regarding HPV, and she felt that more needed to be said than what was reported on her show: 

Nevertheless, concerns have been raised about reactions to the vaccination. Unfortunately, there's no question reactions can occur, as with all vaccines. The vast majority of these reactions to the HPV vaccine are not serious, consisting of pain at the injection site, fever, dizziness, and nausea. More severe reactions are sometimes reported, however. Some people say their children have suffered from a variety of medical problems after the vaccination, and there have even been a few reports of death.

As a journalist, I felt that we couldn't simply ignore these reports. That's why we had two mothers on the show who reported adverse reactions after their daughters had been vaccinated for HPV. One could hardly get out of bed for three years, and the other tragically died. 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.

Read more:

She ends the article saying that she believes that the benefits outweigh the risks.  What do you think?