- Reading 1 Module Introduction
- Activity 1 Protection from Infection
- Reading 2 An Ounce of Prevention
- Activity 2 Stop That Disease
- Reading 3 On Guard
- Reading 3 Videos
- Activity 3 Defending
- Reading 4 Mimicking an Infection
- Reading 4 Discussion
- Additional Resources
Mimicking an Infection
The purpose of this reading is to have students explore how vaccines work to activate the immune response against specific viruses and bacteria. Students should recognize that vaccines mimic an actual infection and provide protection against infection in a similar fashion without the dire consequences of the disease. In Module 3 – Viruses Go “Viral”, students learn about the impact of vaccines on infectious diseases and consider the implications and ethics of mandatory vaccinations.
How many vaccinations have you endured? Can you remember being vaccinated as a toddler or young child? Perhaps your family elected not to have you vaccinated. Exactly what happens when you receive a vaccine? First, a historical perspective.