Online course

The Role of Vaccines in Preventing Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

Learn how vaccines work and can be used for infectious disease control with this online course for healthcare professionals.

The Role of Vaccines in Preventing Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

Explore the impact of vaccines on infectious diseases and AMR

Vaccines are instrumental in protecting people against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). On this course for healthcare professionals, you will investigate the role of vaccines in preventing these diseases and explore case studies that demonstrate successful strategies.

You will understand how vaccines work and are used globally in developed and developing countries. You will look into the factors that affect the use of vaccines and familiarise yourself with potential future vaccine developments designed to prevent AMR and infectious diseases.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are vaccines?
  • History of vaccines
  • Global use of vaccines
  • Optimising vaccine use for AMR and infectious disease control

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the basic principles of how vaccines work
  • Evaluate the impact of vaccines on infectious diseases
  • Describe how vaccines are currently used in higher and lower income countries
  • Describe the factors that influence vaccine deployment and uptake
  • Assess the potential pipeline of future vaccine development to prevent AMR and infectious diseases
  • Evaluate the challenges for novel vaccine development

Who is the course for?

This course is for GPs or healthcare professionals working in the primary care setting.

Who will you learn with?

Susanne Hodgson

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.

Rajeka Lazarus

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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