On February 20, NPR’s All
Things Considered aired a segment lamenting the low HPV vaccination rates
in American children (to date, 33% of girls and less than 7% of boys have
received all three recommended doses of the vaccine). Unfortunately, NPR
reporters apparently did no independent journalistic research on the subject,
because both the segment and its companion article parroted a recent CDC report
and claimed, “Studies to date have shown no significant safety problems” with
the HPV vaccine.
This is simply incorrect. Write NPR and ask them to report
both sides of the HPV vaccine debate. Their latest story on the vaccine left
out important information that families across the country need in order to
make informed decisions.
Pleaser personalize your message if you have the time!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]