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‘DNA’ zooms up charts in 1st week; hear ‘Vaccines’ episode

Aug. 17, 2020, 3:10 PM

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Episode 2/Vaccines: Pandemics vs Prosperity

2020 is shining a harsh light on what happens when people are forced to co-mingle with an infectious disease to which there is no immunity, vaccine or treatment.

The “Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action” podcast is playing on all podcast platforms.

Everyone is trying to survive a global pandemic that, in a dystopian twist, is a glimpse into what happens to modern economies and societies when a pathogen is loose and there is no stopping it. And what could happen if enough people opt not to vaccinate themselves or their children.

Hear experts talk about the roots and peril of vaccine hesitancy; why it’s urgent to fortify people’s understanding of vaccine science — and how William Schaffner, MD, wants to do it.

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DNA zooms up podcast charts in its first week

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s original podcast series, Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action, rocketed to the top of the podcast charts in science, health and medicine in the first week since its launch.

Apple Podcasts listed the series as one of the top science podcasts on its platform within three days of launch. Likewise, other podcast streaming platforms have placed the series on top trending lists for health and medicine.

According to podcast analytics from Libsyn, the first episode of DNA was among the top 12% most downloaded shows last week. Thousands of listeners tuned in to explore the undercurrents shaping personalized medicine and how COVID-19 launched a telehealth initiative that changed how Tennesseans access care.

Conversations from VUMC experts continue with the launch of Episode 2: Vaccines: Pandemics vs. Prosperity. Listeners will hear from vaccine experts on what they think leads to vaccine hesitancy, why it’s increasingly important to fortify people’s understanding of vaccine science, and get a peek into the research going into the hunt for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy is one of the World Health Organization’s top global threats to health.

Episode 2 in the 10-episode series is now available on all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and the Health Podcast Network. Join the dialogue on Twitter by sharing the episode using #ListenDNA and following @VUMC_Insights.

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