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Immune system

The body's natural defence mechanism against infectious diseases.

Viruses

The smallest of living organisms. Viruses are made up of a ball of protein that contains a small amount of the virus DNA. They can only reproduce after they have infected a host cell

Vaccination

A small amount of dead or weakened pathogen is introduced into the body. It prepares the immune system to prevent future infections with the live pathogen.

Pathogen

A micro-organism that causes disease.

Flu

A viral infection of the breathing system which attacks the lungs and can be fatal

Glossary

A list of often difficult or specialised words with their definitions.

Bacteria

Single-celled organism. Has a cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm. Its DNA is loosely-coiled in the cytoplasm and there is no distinct nucleus

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.

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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

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  • 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.
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