Imperial College London

How Vaccines Work

This course is part of Foundations in Virology and Vaccinology Specialization

Taught in English

John Tregoning

Instructor: John Tregoning

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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Intermediate level

Recommended experience

9 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Recognise how viruses cause infections

  • Recognise how vaccines prevent infections

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March 2024

Assessments

4 assignments

Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Intermediate level

Recommended experience

9 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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There are 4 modules in this course

Basic overview of the immune system. This will cover: what is the immune system, what is immune memory, why that is important for vaccines, the key cells of adaptive immunity and then how these all contribute to vaccine induced protection.

What's included

9 videos7 readings1 assignment

This module will cover vaccines at a population level introducing some epidemiological principles. We will explore how infections spread (and how we model that). We will introduce the role of herd immunity. We will discuss what pathogen eradication means and what types of disease are eradicable and which ones are not?

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6 videos4 readings1 assignment2 discussion prompts

Novel vaccines are no use if they are stuck on the shelves of research labs, they need to be deployed to prevent infections. Here, we will explore the process of clinical trials which test vaccines for safety and efficacy (whether they work), we will look at ways to measure vaccine success. Then move onto how vaccines are made and how they are deployed.

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6 videos5 readings1 assignment3 discussion prompts

As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for new vaccines. But it isn’t just for novel emerging diseases. There are a whole host of endemic infections that would benefit from new vaccines. With changing population dynamics and climate change, different disease profiles would benefit from vaccines. Here, we will explore why we might need new vaccines. We will look what an ideal vaccine might look like, and the scientific challenges in developing one. We will then look at the real-world challenges that prevent uptake and deployment of such a vaccine, both logistic and societal.

What's included

6 videos5 readings1 assignment3 discussion prompts

Instructor

John Tregoning
Imperial College London
2 Courses212 learners

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