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Medical Microbiology--Vaccine Vodcast: Home



The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has asked your KMICRO news team to create a vodcast promoting the use of immunizations for common childhood diseases. Your team will produce a vodcast on the biology of the disease and how the vaccine protects against it by using the driving questions provided below. The target group for this vodcast are parents/guardians who are wary of/resistant to vaccination, but with some gentle encouragement, can be convinced to vaccinate their children. Use a visual aid (such as an animation or cartoon graphic) to facilitate your explanations. The vodcast should be between 5 to 7 minutes in length, with a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 9 minutes.

Driving Questions:

1.) What is the name of the vaccine and what disease does it prevent?

2.) What is the biology of the pathogen (bacterial or viral) and how does it cause the disease (including area(s) in the body)?

3.) What is the incubation period, and what are the signs/symptoms of the disease?

4.) What is the reservoir, what are the vectors, and how is the pathogen spread among a population?

5.) Other than the vaccine, what recommendations for prevention can be made (other medical treatments, personal hygiene)?

6.) What is the type of vaccine (live, inactivated, attenuated, recombinant) and how does the vaccine work (what type of immune response does it generate?)

7.) How effective is the vaccine in terms of herd immunity (the percent of a population it protects)?

8.) What is the schedule for vaccination? Are specific groups (gender, age) targeted?

9.) Are there any side effects of the vaccine (documented in the medical literature)? If so, can the side effects be minimized or prevented?

10.) Where can a parent take their child to get the vaccine (who administers the vaccine), especially for low cost or free?


After researching the vaccine and disease, write a script that answers the driving questions (keep your target audience in mind!) and follow the script for the performance. Vodcasts will be viewed in class and evaluated by peers and teacher. The video platform will be Flipgrid; instructions will be provided as a Teams assignment.


Each member of your team will sign a “contract”, and a Project Management Log will be kept, ensuring that each member works on the presentation in a fair and equitable manner. All members of the group must participate in the video, and performances will be graded for both individual and group. The final summative grade is composed of the Project Management Log, the script, the visual (animation or graphic), individual performance, team performance, peer evaluation of each member, and a self-reflection.

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