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Play and experiment to discover how vaccines work and how their use is approved

by: Living Lab for Health - Category: Other - May 11, 2018

Play and experiment to discover how vaccines work and how their use is approved

The new vaccination module includes a new virtual experiment where you can find answers to questions such as: what are vaccines? What is the balance between benefits and risks at the individual and collective level? Or, how should its use be regulated?

With this experiment, you can put yourself in the shoes of someone who works for the National Drug Agency and decide whether to approve the use of a new vaccine or not. To make the decision, you must visit a Biomedical Research Center, the Clinical Trials Unit of a hospital and the Public Health Agency. In these places, you will carry out and supervise different tests of effectiveness, quality and safety of a vaccine. Throughout the experiment, you can also reflect on the balance between risks and benefits of the use of vaccines, know different methods of vaccination and see how the number of people vaccinated in a population can contribute to the protection of those who cannot do so. Take the briefcase and put on the robe, the decision is in your hands!

On the other hand, if you have less time and you want to get a global vision about vaccination in less than seven minutes, you can watch the introductory video of the new module. With this multimedia resource, you will be able to know two cases of people who have suffered diseases that are preventable with vaccination, their symptoms, and some basic notions about how vaccines activate the immune system or contribute to the protection of the population in general, through herd immunity.

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