Rotavirus Vaccine: A Great Graph

Another great find from Twitter (follow everyone in this tweet):

Rotavirus Vaccine impact, from

Matthew Herper’s short article in Forbes includes this graph, which is a clear link to the efficacy of the rotavirus vaccine. You can access the full pdf from the New England Journal of Medicine here (also brief, with a better graph).

Some questions to think about, connecting this case to the curriculum (11.1 AHL: Defense Against Infectious Disease):

  • How does the rotavirus infect its host?
  • Why does diarrhea lead to death?
  • What type of vaccine is this and how is it produced?
  • What challenges are still to be overcome?

The rotavirus vaccine has been a big part of the Bill Gates Foundation’s work, and they have a short video on it here:

About Stephen

Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Formerly MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher and missing it terribly. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer.

Posted on November 28, 2012, in AHL, Disease. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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