McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series


A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and "remember" it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms
that it later encounters.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Present and Future of Flu Vaccines

Video about flu vaccines

This video explores what virus the flu is and briefly explains how the virus mutates every year causing epidemiologists to approximate which strains will be present in any given flu season.

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What are vaccines and how do they work?

Overview video about vaccines

In this video Dr. Matthew Miller discusses the most common types of vaccines and how they work to achieve immunity.

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Treating Allergies: Production of a Peptide Vaccine

Treating allergies with peptide vaccine video

This video explores the biological foundation for allergies and a promising new treatment known as synthetic peptide immune-regulatory epitopes (SPIREs).

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Vaccination and Community Protection

Video about vaccination and community protection

This video describes how sufficient uptake of vaccination provides both direct and indirect protection. Examples illustrate the concept of community protection.

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Whom should I trust when it comes to vaccines?

Video about trust and vaccines

This video provides an overview of the process by which vaccines are approved for use in Canada, how recommendations for who should be vaccinated are made and how safety is monitored.

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Why is Anyone Anti-Vaccine? A History of Vaccination and Anti-Vaccination

Video about history of vaccination and anti-vaccination

This video looks at the history of perspective on the social meanings of vaccine.

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Talking with Vaccine-Hesitant Parents: A Pediatrician's Perspective

Video about talking with vaccine-hesitant parents

This video examines cognitive, communication and factual errors that can result in these people choosing to withhold immunization from those that they care about.<

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Vaccines and Autism: Medical Myth

Video about vaccines and autism

This video examines the medical myth that vaccines may be a cause of autism.

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Vaccines and Autism: How the Myth Started

Video about how myth started regarding vaccines and autism

The notion that vaccines can cause autism has been an ongoing trend for the past 18 years. But is this true? This video examines the original source of the myth.

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Good Science and Bad Science: Dr. Gordon Guyatt

Gordon Guyatt

TThe public may hear claims, counter-claims, benefits and risks regarding medical interventions such as vaccinations. Some of these may be supported by good science and some not.

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