Vaccines: Nasal or Shot?

Students read a short article about nasal vaccines and intramuscular vaccines with a focus on the development of a vaccine for coronavirus. Students can listen to or read the article on NPR: Shots about how a nasal vaccine might be more effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus. (The listen is 2 minutes and can be shared in class for discussion.)

This was intended to be something that was introduced in class as a discussion starter, but now class is being held remotely due to the pandemic, so I created the question and answer google doc for students to do on their own or in small breakout groups. I planned to use this in anatomy class when introducing body systems because the article discusses systemic immunity versus local immunity. The terms “systemic” and “local” are somewhat foundational for anatomy and medical terminology which is also introduced at the beginning of the year.

The student handout is a Google Doc file so it is easy to integrate with google classroom. The PDF version has editable form fields (though students must download the document to fill in the forms). I included a link to TpT with an answer key which also has a Word file.

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