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HIV and Flu -- The Vaccine Strategy
What is the biggest threat to a mass number of humans? Not natural disasters, but rather, pandemics! With a lecture and slide show, the speaker discusses how medical technology in the form of vaccines is bringing an end to suffering and fear. There is also a video within the video that graphically displays how vaccines work with the human immune system. Inspire young biologists to enter the medical field with this talk.
Young scholars examine vaccinations and how they work. In this vaccinations instructional activity students create posters that describe the various types of vaccines.
How We Conquered the Deadly Smallpox Virus
The deadly smallpox virus, which killed between 300-500 million people in the twentieth century alone, is a feature player in modern world history. Discover how this disease spread across the globe by and through various nations throughout history, and how English physician Edward Jenner, father of immunology, finally developed the smallpox vaccination.
The Vaccination Question
Students share opinions about common vaccines, then consider facts and opinions about the HPV vaccine and hold a fishbowl and discussion. They survey members of the community to determine their perspectives on the issue.
The Vaccination Question
Students share opinions about common vaccines, then consider facts and opinions about the HPV vaccine and hold a "fishbowl" discussion. They survey members of the community to determine their perspectives on the issue. Students report results to class.
Law: Requiring HPV Vaccine
Learners research the HPV vaccine and estimate its cost. They interview doctors and local health officials about it. Students write feature stories based on their research focusing on the timelines for implementation in their states or on the decision whether or not to be vaccinated.
Vaccines--How and Why?
Twelfth graders study the history, progression and current uses for vaccines in the prevention of disease. They simulate an epidemic and experiment with pathogens.
Students explain in a written format how vaccination works and how it draws upon the natural immunity. They differentiate between vaccinations and immunizations. Students identify a number of illnesses that can be prevented by the use of immunization.
Requiring HPV vaccine
Students research the HPV vaccine and discover what it is supposed to do. In gropus, they consult with doctors and local health officials to discover the possible side effects of the vaccine and presents their findings to the class. They develop a campaign to inform others about the pros and cons of requiring this type of vaccine.
A Shot in the Dark
Students assess why there is a flu vaccine shortage in the United States and develop a mock newscast to inform others about the topic. They write persuasive letters to elected officials with proposals to address the shortage.
Immunization Month Lesson Plans
As a part of the back to school curriculum, students can learn about vaccines and their historical significance.
TE Lesson: Fighting Back!
Students examine the roles of the immune system in keeping the body healthy. They see how engineers contribute to this process by creating antibiotics, and vaccinations. They discuss how an astronauts' immune system may be suppressed during a space flight. They complete an activity in which they design a thermometer and complete a temperature conversion chart.
Students examine a website devoted to sharing smallpox facts. They are to focus on the history of the diesease, how to prevent it and the pathology involved. They discover information about the smallpox vaccine and how it can be used as a weapon.
A Pox No Longer Upon Us
Tenth graders research the development and use of vaccines. They examine historical documents for qualitative observations and the basis of immunization. They examine primary and secondary immune responses as they relate to the production of antibodies and create a graph.
High schoolers explore and explain the role of vaccines in infectious disease, They emphasize immunological principles and viral/bacterial infection processes. Students explore the three main vaccine types: DNA vaccines ("gene gun"), Recombinant vaccines, and live vector vaccines (AIDS, employs viruses).
Students explore the importance of vaccines in fighting childhood disease. In this health lesson, students play a game to model how vaccines protect against the spread of infectious disease. Students play a tag based game in which the students with vaccines are immune from being "it," or infected. This lesson models the protection that vaccines offers against disease.
A Shot in the Dark?
Students ask and answer their own questions about smallpox and the smallpox vaccine. They create outlines for an informative CD-ROM that could be distributed to health care professionals.
In this Edward Jenner worksheet, students investigate the success of his vaccine against small pox as they read 5 accounts from different sources and answer 10 short answer questions about it.
Spot of Serious Trouble
Students examine the controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine. In this health lesson, students visit selected websites to discover the causes of measles, the history of the MMR vaccine, and the two sides of the vaccination debate.
Anthrax Bioterrorism and Health Care
Pupils describe the characteristics of anthrax infections, distinguish between the three anthrax forms and analyze the effectiveness of anthrax vaccinations. They relate anthrax to bioterrorism.