UNITY Projects

Adolescent Health and Immunization Poll


Findings from the Unity sponsored Harris poll of teens, parents, and healthcare providers are now available. Check out the press release, US survey infographic, global survey infographicgender differencesand survey snapshot to learn what teens and parents think about preventive health and how certain misconceptions may be contributing to low immunization rates among teens and young adults. Among the surprising findings: 1 in 4 teens believe vaccines are more important for babies than for teens; more than one-third of teens (34%) don’t know how being vaccinated helps them; and four in 10 parents (41%) believe their teen should only see a doctor when he/she feels sick, reducing opportunities to discuss preventive health measures, such as vaccines.

View Spanish version of the infographic

New Data: Survey results now available for Canada, Germany and Portugal. Contact Unity Consortium for detailed survey findings from these countries.

Pursuit of the Three C’s: Confident, Concise, and Consistent Healthcare Provider Recommendations for Adolescent Vaccines

Healthcare provider recommendations are a critical influence on parent and adolescent agreement to vaccinate on time. This quality improvement study is designed with the goal of improving healthcare provider delivery of a confident, concise, and consistent recommendation for routinely recommended vaccines to adolescents (11, 12, and 16 year olds).

To support strong provider recommendations for adolescent vaccines, the UNITY Consortium has developed the following resources:
  • Three Cs Rationale
    This video provides an overview of the UNITY Consortium (the sponsor of the Three Cs study), reviews current gaps vs. adolescent immunization goals, and provides the rationale for the QI study that focuses on the provider recommendation and applies motivational interviewing principles to the parent-provider conversation.
  • Three Cs Demo and Motivational Interviewing

    This video provides an overview of the Three Cs intervention (presumptive, bundled, equal recommendation for same day vaccination; FAQs; motivational interviewing guiding style of communications for truly hesitant parents) and demonstrates and reviews various scenarios of parental-provider recommendation conversations. View video worksheet.

  • Sample language: Three Cs Recommendation and FAQs
  • Overview: Parental Disposition and Motivational Interviewing for Hesitant or Refusing Parents

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is now available for this video.   Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Non-Physician 0.75 hours. Access the video and obtain CME free of charge via the IUSM website.  IUSM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.

VAX@16 is a new, first of-its-kind campaign emphasizing the 16-year-old well-visit and  vaccines that can help protect teens. The campaign aims to increase awareness among both consumers (parents/teens) and healthcare providers of vaccines recommended for 16 year olds, including MenACWY, MenB, and flu (seasonally). The VAX@16 campaign includes videos and digital posters (available in English and Spanish) which will be featured in physician offices across the US, and a variety of resources for healthcare providers.

Adolescent Immunization:  Understanding Challenges and Framing Solutions for Healthcare Providers

A roundtable meeting of UNITY members, its liaisons, and experts was convened to discuss the current adolescent immunization landscape, probe barriers to successful implementation and highlight potential solutions to help reach important immunization targets for this population. The panel members highlighted common elements of successful immunization practices and a CALL TO ACTION – The INSPECT Imperatives that provides overarching guidance for healthcare providers in their efforts to increase adolescent immunization coverage.