New Vaccines

These activities introduce the concept of vaccination and why it only protects the population if most people are vaccinated. They show how early vaccination was tested and discuss the role of informed consent in Clinical Research. Pupils learn about the process of developing a new vaccine.

Curriculum Links

  • KS3 Science
  • KS3 Citizenship
  • KS3 History
  • KS4 Science
  • KS4 Citizenship
  • AS/A2 Level Chemistry
  • AS/A2 Level Biology
  • SQA (5-14): Environmental Studies
  • SQA Access, Intermediate and Higher: Biology, Biotechnology

Key words

  • vaccination
  • herd immunity
  • informed consent
  • clinical trials
  • history of vaccination
  • research ethics
  • patients’ rights
  • the Declaration of Helsinki
  • Lady Wortley Montagu
  • Edward Jenner


  • Creating Herd Immunity
  • Smallpox Vaccination and Informed Consent
  • Developing a New Vaccine