Discover the key role played by vaccines in combating the spread of infectious diseases and fighting antimicrobial resistance.
Discover how vaccines work and explore successful strategies for immunisation
Vaccines play a crucial role in protecting us against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). After facing the worst global pandemic in living memory, this issue is more relevant than ever.
On this course, you’ll learn how vaccines work and why they are important.
You’ll explore how they’re used in low, middle, and high-income countries, and look at case studies that demonstrate successful vaccination strategies.
You’ll also look into the factors that influence the availability and uptake of vaccines, and how these affect our ability to manage infectious diseases and prevent AMR.
What topics will you cover?
- What are vaccines and how do they work.
- The impact vaccines have had on saving lives.
- Barriers to the universal use of vaccines.
- The potential for vaccines to help address antimicrobial resistance.
Who is this accredited by?
This course has been accredited by the RCPath for 4 CPD points.
Royal College of Pathologists: The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
- 3 August 2020
- 28 September 2020
- 23 November 2020
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explain the basic principles of how vaccines work.
- Describe how vaccines are currently used in higher and lower-income countries.
- Assess the potential pipeline of future vaccine development to prevent AMR and infectious diseases.
- Evaluate the impact of vaccines on infectious diseases.
- Describe the factors that influence vaccine deployment and uptake.
- Evaluate the challenges for novel vaccine development.
Who is the course for?
This online vaccinology course is aimed at healthcare professionals interested in learning how vaccines work, and the role they play in combating infectious disease and AMR.
It will also be of interest to anyone simply keen to learn more about immunology and AMR.
Who will you learn with?
I am an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology at the University of Oxford with a research interest in the development of novel vaccines.
I am a practising infection doctor interested in antimicrobial stewardship, microbiology, TB and vaccine uptake. My research interest is vaccine immunology in adults.
Who developed the course?
Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.
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