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UNITY interns explore misconceptions surrounding adolescent and young adult vaccines. In each episode they delve into a commonly held misperception with experts in the field to explore the issues and de-bunk the myths.


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The Importance of Unbiased, Credible Vaccine Information with Dr. Andrea Love

The Importance of Unbiased, Credible Vaccine Information with Dr. Andrea Love
The Importance of Unbiased, Credible Va...
On this episode of FACTSinnated, we sat down with Dr. Andrea Love, immunologist and microbiologist, and an expert podcaster herself, to discuss the role of immunization in keeping adolescents and young adults, and their communities, healthy. Dr. Love discusses the common misconceptions and beliefs of parents of teens and where to find unbiased, credible resources about vaccines. Dr. Love shares her role as a vaccine advocate in addition to the critical need for trust in public health agencies. Tune in for this special Adolescent Immunization Action Week 2024 episode to learn more. 
April 04, 2024
Building Awareness of Vaccine-Preventable STIs: Recapping the New York City Mpox Outbreak with Dr. Jason Zucker
Building Awareness of Vaccine-Preventab...
Join us for an exciting new episode of FACTSinnated, Unity Consortium’s mythbusting podcast. Today we’ll hear from Dr. Jason Zucker in a recap of his work with the CDC and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene during the Mpox outbreak of 2022. Dr. Zucker discusses the importance of STI prevention through vaccination, testing and treatment options for those at risk or who have contracted Mpox, and resources for parents and teens looking to learn more. Take a listen!
February 26, 2024
Navigating the Landscape: Building Confidence in Adolescent Vaccination with Dr. Arthur Caplan and Nathaniel Mamo
Navigating the Landscape: Building Conf...
In this episode of FACTSinnated, we delve into the complex world of adolescent vaccination and vaccine hesitancy, bringing you insights and guidance from a renowned expert in bioethics, Dr. Arthur Caplan. Our host, Natalie Cordero, sits down with Dr. Caplan and Nathaniel to explore the ethical considerations surrounding adolescent vaccination including the importance of patient autonomy, and the evolving landscape. 
January 29, 2024
Testimonial to the Life-Saving Value of Vaccines: HealthyWomen Double Feature with Phyllis E. Greenberger & Beth Battaglino
Testimonial to the Life-Saving Value of...
We all hold many different roles as a part of our identities: practitioner, parent, caregiver, family member, all with important lived experiences as members of society. On this special, double feature episode tune in to hear from Phyllis E. Greenberger, Senior Vice President of Science & Health Policy, in her journey from childhood through parenthood recovering from measles, later facing severe chickenpox along with her sons, and the impact that these challenging life events have had on her as an individual, a parent, and in her career. Beth Battaglino shares the importance of her roles as a mom, nurse, and CEO of HealthyWomen in advocating for women’s health and vaccination priorities for adolescents and young adults. Streaming now!
November 28, 2023
Increasing HPV Vaccine Confidence among Adolescents and Young Adults featuring Tamika Felder
Increasing HPV Vaccine Confidence among...
Cervical cancer survivor, vaccine advocate, and the CEO of Cervivor, Tamika Felder, joins us on FACTSinnated to discuss the importance of HPV vaccination. On this episode hosted by intern Natalie Mar Cordero, Tamika shares her experience with cervical cancer, all things HPV, and how she became a vaccine advocate.  
October 04, 2023
Considering FDA’s Role in Increasing Vaccine Confidence amongst Parents, Adolescents and Young Adults with Dr. Peter Marks
Considering FDA’s Role in Increasing ...
On this episode hosted by Natalie Cordero, the Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Peter Marks, joins us to discuss how the FDA is keeping adolescents and young adults in mind as they continue to tackle vaccine development.  
August 28, 2023
COVID-19 Vaccination for Adolescents and Young Adults: Then and Now with Dr. Walter A. Orenstein
COVID-19 Vaccination for Adolescents an...
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to now, the world has experienced an immense amount of change in our healthcare systems. One important lesson remains: vaccinations save lives. On this episode of FACTSinnated, Dr. Walter A. Orenstein discusses the importance of staying up-to-date on COVID-19 immunizations and booster shots, where and when adolescents and young adults can get vaccinated, and recurrent themes in vaccine hesitancy. Join us for this exciting new episode, streaming now!  Resources provided by Dr. Orenstein: Plotkin's Vaccines - Seventh Edition, Dr. Walter A. Orenstein Centers for Disease Control and Prevention International Vaccine Access Center Vaccinate Your Family National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit Vaccine Education Center at CHoP National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Visit our website and connect with us on the following platforms:                                                                        Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Youtube, LinkedIn, and Facebook. 
July 31, 2023
Combatting Meningitis Misinformation Through Art and Advocacy with Samantha Bennett
Combatting Meningitis Misinformation Th...
Meningitis survivor, vaccine advocate, and painter Samantha Bennett, joins us on FACTSinnated to discuss the importance of the meningitis vaccine. On this episode hosted by intern Natalie Mar Cordero, Samantha shares her lifelong experience with meningitis, how she became a vaccine advocate, and how it has influenced her art.
June 26, 2023
Adolescents and Young Adults As a Priority In Preventive Healthcare and Vaccination with Dr. John Santelli
Adolescents and Young Adults As a Prior...
Adolescents and young adults are a critical age group for preventive healthcare and vaccination. On this episode of FACTSinnated, we welcome Dr. John Santelli to discuss the importance of teen health outcomes, specifically in the context of clinical preventive services and routinely recommended vaccines, and how parents and healthcare providers can support and advocate for the access to these services. Follow Unity Consortium on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Youtube, and Twitter, or visit our website at www.unity4teenvax.org.
May 05, 2023
Importance of Adolescent and Young Adult Voices with Dr. Paul Offit
Importance of Adolescent and Young Adul...
Many teens don’t know how to find accurate, research-based information on vaccines, making it challenging for them to talk about and access care. In this special Adolescent Immunization Action Week (AIAW) episode of FACTSinnated, internationally recognized vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit shares ways to help teens find the accurate information and how they can use their voice to be their own best advocate. Tune in as he discusses the importance of empowering young adult voices in decisions about their health. Follow Unity Consortium on all LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter or visit our website at www.unity4teenvax.org. You can learn more about Dr. Paul Offit on his website, www.paul-offit.com.
April 03, 2023
Healthcare Providers' Role in Combating Vaccine Misinformation with Todd Wolynn, MD
Healthcare Providers' Role in Combating...
Meet Dr. Todd Wolynn, a pediatrician, immunization expert, and "media maker". In this episode, Dr. Wolynn tells us his experience with social media attacks and how he decided to fight back. He gives advice on how healthcare providers can build their digital presence, how social media users can distinguish credible information, and ends with more information about the COVID-19 bivalent boosters.   Follow Dr. Wolynn on TikTok: drtoddwo LinkedIn: Todd Wolynn Instagram: @kidspluspgh Make sure to following Unity on Instagram: @unityconsortium Facebook: Unity Consortium Twitter: @unityconsortium
December 07, 2022
HPV Vaccine for Cancer Prevention with Admiral Rachel Levine, MD
HPV Vaccine for Cancer Prevention with ...
The United States Assistant Secretary of Health, Admiral Rachel Levine, MD, joins us on FACTSinnated to discuss the importance of the HPV vaccine for all adolescents and young adults. Admiral Levine tackles common HPV vaccine misconceptions and reminds us of what this vaccine is really about: to prevent cancer in all individuals.
September 22, 2022
mRNA: Past, Present, and Future with Dr. Drew Weissman
mRNA: Past, Present, and Future with Dr...
Have you ever wondered what mRNA vaccines are really all about? Meet Dr. Drew Weissman, MD from Penn Medicine. He and Katalin Karikó PhD developed mRNA and having been discovering new ways of using this technology to treat disease. Listen in as Dr. Weissman debunks some common myths and tells us more about mRNA - past, present, and future.  Follow Dr. Weissman on Twitter @WeissmanLab See all that Unity Consortium has to offer at www.unity4teenvax.org.  Follow Unity on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @UnityConsortium
August 10, 2022
Vaccine Hesitancy with Heidi Larson, Ph.D
Vaccine Hesitancy with Heidi Larson, Ph...
Unity welcomes you back with a new episode on vaccine hesitancy. Unity intern Alex Garcia speaks with Heidi Larson, Ph.D about her experience working on vaccine confidence.  Find more information on Heidi Larson's work with The Vaccine Confidence Project here: https://www.vaccineconfidence.org/  To pre-order the paperback version of her book, Stuck: How Vaccines Start -- and Why They Don't Go Away, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Stuck-Vaccine-Rumors-Start-They-dp-0197643388/dp/0197643388/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid= 
June 24, 2022
Combating Vaccine Hesitancy in the Black Community with Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley
Combating Vaccine Hesitancy in the Blac...
We discuss the events of the Tuskegee Syphilis study and the resulting impacts it has had on the Black community. Expert Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley joins the discussion and shares her insights on effective methods to combat hesitancy and distrust.
April 26, 2021
Debunking Myths about Vaccinating Adolescents and Young Adults with Teen Kelly Danielpour
Debunking Myths about Vaccinating Adole...
There is a lot of misinformation about vaccinations on the web, especially on sites like reddit. Kelly Danielpour started VaxTeen which is specifically aimed at advocating for teen’s rights when it comes to vaccine information. Kelly will talk about the importance of minor’s being immunized and what steps teen’s themselves can take to fight against vaccine misinformation.
February 05, 2021
Debunking the COVID-19 Vaccine w/ Dr. L.J Tan
Debunking the COVID-19 Vaccine w/ Dr. L...
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc during 2020. However, there is hope as both Pfizer and Moderna begin to roll out their COVID-19 Vaccine. Dr. L.J Tan comes on the podcast to discuss how these vaccines were created and why they are safe and effective for all populations.
December 10, 2020
Debunking Teen Vaccines with w/ Ethan Lindenberger
Debunking Teen Vaccines with w/ Ethan L...
Measles was declared an eliminated disease in 2000. However, periodically there have been outbreaks within US school children as more and more parents are not vaccinating their kids, citing autism and brain damage concerns. Ethan Lindenberger will come on the podcast to talk about his own experience getting the Measles vaccine against his mother’s wishes.
November 18, 2020
Debunking myths about HPV vaccine with Dr. Paul Offit
Debunking myths about HPV vaccine with ...
There are some parents who do not believe their child should get the HPV vaccine. Their reasons differ, but as an example some parents object to vaccinating their 11 YO (recommended timing for vaccination) because HPV is spread through sexual contact and their child is not currently sexually active. We will discuss with an expert in the field, Dr. Paul Offit, reasons for vaccinating against HPV, following the recommended timing and dosing, and debunking circulating myths.
October 07, 2020

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