How Risky Are Vaccines?

Are vaccines protection from infection — or are they risky business? Learners weigh the pros and cons in a short, animated video. The narrator discusses the many illnesses eradicated through world-wide use of vaccines and sheds light on the likelihood of having an adverse reaction after being vaccinated.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by assigning a research project around illnesses that are no longer a threat because of vaccination
  • Use the video to augment a lesson on vaccines or public health
Classroom Considerations

  • Make a list on the board of common vaccine abbreviations and the illnesses they defend against

  • The narrator presents statistics showing the incidence of vaccine-related illnesses versus amusing and odd ways of being injured, lending credibility and humor to the content
  • Animated infectious agents illustrate how humans acquire immunity through vaccination, a great help to younger learners

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Common Core