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Instructions: Use the information in your microbiology textbook and the list of websites provided to construct a miniposter on your vaccine that includes the information listed below. Refer to the rubric as you create the miniposter, and ask questions for clarification. Do NOT use Wikipedia or other non-peer reviewed articles or web sites. It is highly suggested you talk with the librarian to find other legitimate resources as needed. At least 3 sources must be used; your textbook does count as one of them, but is not required.

1. Front outside flap:

(a) Title and Authors – center the title, and underneath write the authors in alphabetical order, with an initial for the first name, and full last name.

2. Inside poster (left side, middle section, and right side)

(b) Introduction – Write a concise description of the disease; include a representative photo of someone with the disease. Provide a short historical background if possible. Identify the causative agent of the disease, state whether it is bacterial or viral, provide a scientific name if available, and include a photomicrograph of the agent.

(c) Epidemiology – Discuss the mode of transmission – how does a person contract this disease? Identify the type of people (age group, geographical area) who are most affected.

(d) Pathogenesis – Describe the typical signs/symptoms of the disease as well as severe symptoms and complications that might occur.

(e) Immunization List and discuss the vaccine used to prevent this disease. (1) What type is available (live attenuated, killed or inactivated, toxoid, recombinant, etc.) (2) How is the vaccine produced? (3) How does the vaccine work? (4) How is the vaccine administered (oral, parenteral)? (5) What is the timing for administration (when and how often, does it require just one dose or several boosters?) (6) Who should receive this vaccine; especially what age group should receive it? (7) Are any restrictions placed on using the vaccine in certain groups of people (such as pregnant women or transplant patients)? (7) What are the potential risks and side-effects of the vaccination? (8) How does the latest number of reported cases compare with the number before the vaccine was available?

3. Back outside flap:

(h) References cited (bibliography) follow all MLA formatting. Use the MLA Guide provided on the school’s website as an additional guide for proper format.

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