Resources and further reading

  • Vaccination

    A vaccine is a substance that is introduced into the body to stimulate the body’s immune response. It is given to prevent an infectious disease from developing and the person becoming ill. Learn more about what vaccines do, what they are made from, and how they have the potential to provide 'herd immunity' for populations.

  • Microbiology Today: Vaccines

    In this issue of Microbiology Today we will explore the future of vaccines, including the potential to develop an oral vaccine for typhoid fever; challenges that the malaria vaccine faces, and approaches to advancing DNA vaccine technology.

  • Microbiology Today: Halting Epidemics

    Disease outbreaks can have a significant impact on human populations, and they need to be closely monitored and contained to limit their potential spread. Following the outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses in recent years, this issue of Microbiology Today puts a spotlight on the topic of 'Halting Epidemics'.

  • Coronavirus journal collection

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can infect a range of hosts. To allow the widest possible distribution of relevant research, the Microbiology Society has brought together articles from across our portfolio and made this content freely available.

  • Ebola Virus Disease journal collection

    This collection brings together articles from our portfolio of journals on Ebola virus disease. The Microbiology Society has made this content freely available in the interests of widest possible distribution of relevant research.

  • What is herd immunity?

    As humans, we don’t generally have to worry about predators, but we can gain the protection of the herd in other ways. “Herd immunity” is the idea that, as long as enough people in a population are immune to a disease (usually through vaccination), they can indirectly protect people who aren’t immune from getting infected. Learn more about what herd immunity is in this blog.

  • Accelerated clinical and technology trials in response to the Ebola virus epidemic

    Read about the researchers who sequenced Ebola virus genomes from newly diagnosed cases quickly enough to provide vital information to guide the response to this tragic epidemic, which had already claimed over 10,000 lives.

  • Improving the development of rapid diagnostic tests in low and middle-income countries

    Discover more about the rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) that are revolutionising how disease is diagnosed and treated, and are helping to deliver higher standards of healthcare and greater efficiency across public and private healthcare sectors, as well as at the community level.

  • Studying intestinal viruses in Uganda: Dr Lucy Thorne

    Learn more about Dr Lucy Thorne's visit to Uganda on a Research Visit Grant from the Microbiology Society. Lucy travelled to Entebbe to begin a research project studying how common intestinal viruses are in Ugandan children.

  • HPV in Malawi

    In this podcast we spoke to Dr Ramya Bhatia, who travelled to Malawi as part of a research collaboration between Nkhoma Hospital and the University of Edinburgh.

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