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KS4 Vaccinations

This section contains a series of educational resources for young adults aged 15-18 and covers immunity and vaccinations, and highlights the importance of getting vaccinated, not just for an individual's health but for others in the population.

  • Overview

What will you learn?

The e-Bug vaccination lesson plan explores common misconceptions about vaccinations:

  • The main activity allows students to understand how the media influences public opinion about vaccines.
  • A short PowerPoint activity introduces students to the Andrew Wakefield MMR vaccination scare. Students then use Public Health England surveillance data to plot a graph to understand the impact the MMR scare had on vaccine uptake and measles infection rates.
  • Animations and a student worksheet cover how our immune system works and reacts to infectious diseases and vaccines.

Learning Objectives:

  • Vaccination helps individuals to develop immunity against an infection(s) and helps to fight off the infection(s).
  • Why vaccines are important to students now and throughout their life.
  • The important diseases prevented by vaccines, and why these are important to young people, including students.
  • How the media, and epidemics, can affect vaccine uptake positively and negatively.

Requirements:

  • Graph paper for completion of the main activity.

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: Working Scientifically, Experimental skills and investigations, Analysis and evaluation
  • RSHE: Health & Prevention
  • Geography: Human and physical geography, Geographical skills and fieldwork
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DISCLAIMER: e-Bug was developed for use in schools pre-COVID-19 and so some activities may require modification based on your school’s distancing guidelines.

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