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Vaccinology 101

Originally webcast June 16, 2011

Gary S. Marshall, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Director, Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit, University of Louisville School of Medicine

In order to effectively communicate the role of vaccination in preventative health, medical professionals must understand the science of vaccines.
This program will include a brief history of vaccinology and the fundamental immunological concepts that are necessary to understand how vaccines work: antibody and cytotoxic T cell responses, protein-polysaccharide conjugates, and adjuvants. It will also address the different types of vaccines, correlates of protection, herd immunity, and the goals of immunization programs.

This program is free and open to all interested persons. It is designed for those new to the field of immunization or as a refresher seminar for interested professionals. Continuing Education Credits will be available.

Program Objectives:
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the function of antibodies and T cells in vaccine-induced protective immunity.
  • Identify the differences between responses to polysaccharide vaccines and protein-polysaccharide conjugate vaccines.
  • Classify vaccines into broad functional categories (live and inactivated) and identify the differences between them.
  • Describe the function of adjuvants.
  • Define the concepts of correlates of protection and herd immunity

This program is produced with funds provided through a cooperative agreement with CDC (Cooperative Agreement Number # 1U01IP000374).
It is offered through collaboration between the NurseTIP program and the Empire State PHTC.


Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nurse education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


This activity is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designate provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.  This program is designated for the CHES to receive up to 1 Category 1 CECH in health education.

Continuing education credits will be available until June 2014.

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.