Vaccine Education Center

Vaccine Information for Educators

This learning module was designed to educate students about the immune system, vaccines and the diseases that vaccines prevent. Upon completion of the module, students should understand the scientific concepts surrounding these topics and be better consumers of science and health information.

Learning Module Objectives

The module consists of three lessons:

The Immune System

Lecture notes and activities: Designed to introduce students to the function of the immune system and some of its parts. The notes cover T cells, B cells and antibodies.

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Lecture notes and activities: Help students identify the vaccines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for infants, children, teens, and adults.

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Vaccine-preventable Diseases

Lecture notes and activities: Focus on the diseases prevented by vaccines and include information on routes of transmission, signs and symptoms, and complications.

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Unit test, module evaluation, and articles

This module also includes a unit test, module evaluation and articles intended to encourage critical thinking about HPV vaccination, a much-discussed issue that is particularly relevant to students (found in “Additional Resources”).

In addition, you'll find helpful information for students interested in pursuing a career in science.

The Vaccine Education Center would like to acknowledge intern, Kelly Francis, for her hard work and dedication in completing these modules.

Reviewed by: Paul A. Offit, MD
Date: April 2013

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.


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