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A Sweet Vaccination – the Deadly Hershey’s Kiss

    Author: Ann H. Williams1
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    Affiliations: 1: Biology Department, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL 33606
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    • Published 19 May 2011
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: University of Tampa, Box 3F, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Phone: (813) 257-3994. Fax: (813) 258-7881. E-mail: ahwilliams@ut.edu.
    • Copyright © 2011, American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2011 vol. 12 no. 1 54-55. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v12i1.256
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    Abstract:

    In Immunology courses, concepts such as primary and secondary immune response and the topic of vaccinations can be difficult to visualize for students. Described here is a short activity where students choose and snack on candy to simulate primary and secondary immune responses in the context of a vaccination. This short interactive activity is performed in the lecture course of Immunology, an upper-division Biology course that contains mostly Biology major juniors or seniors (class of 30–40). It is performed on the first day of class, and is consistently referred to as the semester progresses and more complex and detailed topics are introduced. It is utilized to help students understand and visualize the process of primary immune response, secondary immune response, immunological memory, and vaccinations.

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1. Parham Peter 2009 The Immune System 3rd ed Garland Science Oxford, UK
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Abstract:

In Immunology courses, concepts such as primary and secondary immune response and the topic of vaccinations can be difficult to visualize for students. Described here is a short activity where students choose and snack on candy to simulate primary and secondary immune responses in the context of a vaccination. This short interactive activity is performed in the lecture course of Immunology, an upper-division Biology course that contains mostly Biology major juniors or seniors (class of 30–40). It is performed on the first day of class, and is consistently referred to as the semester progresses and more complex and detailed topics are introduced. It is utilized to help students understand and visualize the process of primary immune response, secondary immune response, immunological memory, and vaccinations.

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