Students work in small groups to research topics related to vaccine safety issues using criteria developed by the World Health Organization to evaluate the scientific basis for a vaccine safety concern.
Students research different infectious diseases to determine the ways they spread and who is most at risk. The lesson concludes with students developing resources to help educate an at-risk population about how to protect themselves from infection.
Students learn the different ways that influenza virus can mutate and what impact that
has on how rapidly and widely the virus spreads. The class develops a hypothesis
regarding the impact of World War I on the spread of influenza. Student groups research topics related to the 1918 influenza pandemic and assess whether the findings support or reject the class hypothesis.