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Immunity and vaccinations

The human immune system recognises and destroys pathogens inside the body. Pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, cause damage and disease when they grow and reproduce. Vaccination enables the body to respond more quickly to future infection by that pathogen.


Swine flu

Highly-magnified, digitally-colourised image of the virus H1N1,
sometimes called "swine flu".
Photo courtesy of CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith

How to use this site

There are a number of interactive features in this e-source:

  • A glossary of terms: any word with a glossary entry is highlighted like this.
  • Quick questions: at the end of a page/section, there is a set of quick questions to test your understanding of the scientific ideas.
  • Animations: most of the animations can be expanded to full screen size, ideal for showing on an interactive whiteboard. The animations will play all the way through or can be viewed one section at a time.
  • Downloads: Teachers can download individual diagrams, animations and other content from the Download Library area of the website. Terms and Conditions apply.