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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.

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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, you will investigate the role of vaccines in preventing these diseases and explore case studies that demonstrate successful strategies.

After taking this course, you will understand how vaccines work and are used globally in low, middle and high-income countries. You will also appreciate the factors influencing the availability and uptake of vaccines and understand the important role they play in managing infectious diseases and preventing AMR.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Vaccines & Control of Infectious Diseases

    • Welcome and Introduction

      This first activity introduces you to the course and educators and provides some useful tools for use during the course.

    • Introduction to Vaccines

      Introduction to what vaccines are, how they work and how they benefit the population.

    • National Prescribing Programmes

      Introduction to national prescribing programmes, how they differ in different countries and apply throughout lifetimes, not just childhood.

    • Vaccines Implementation & Delivery

      Vaccines delivery and implementation, initiatives to maintain good uptake and barriers that contribute to poor immunisation levels.

    • End of Week 1

      End of week 1

  • Week 2

    Optimising Vaccine Use for AMR and Infectious Disease Control

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome to week 2 of the course.

    • When Vaccine Schedules Break Down

      Causes behind vaccine schedules breaking down with examples.

    • The Role of Vaccines in Pandemics and Outbreaks

      Find out how vaccination can play an important role in controlling outbreaks and pandemics of infectious diseases.

    • Vaccines, Antimicrobial Resistance and Future Pipelines

      What is antimicrobial resistance and how do vaccines play a role in preventing and reducing AMR.

    • End of Week 2

      End of week 2 quiz and summary of week 2 topics.

    • End of Course!

      Summary of the course.

Who is this accredited by?

Royal College of Pathologists
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.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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 healthcare professionals working in any setting and individuals interested in gaining more knowledge on vaccines and how they save lives.

What do people say about this course?

All GPs/clinicians should suggest similar course for expecting parents

"Excellent first week! Should be mandatory for all GPs / clinicians to suggest similar course for all expecting parents!"

I have learnt so much about vaccine availability in other countries

"I am impressed with the delivery of this course and the informative videos. I have learnt so much about vaccine availability in other countries that I have not really thought about before."

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?

BSAC

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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