Free Online Course Explains Cells, Immunity and Vaccines
Jan 04, 2018
by Rich Greenaway, Director of Program Operations and Special Projects, Every Child By Two
Often times, the concerns people have about vaccines can be addressed through a better understanding of science. It begins with a more comprehensive explanation of how the cells in our body work, how viruses can infect us, how our bodies fight off infections, and how vaccines help in that process.
Fortunately, you don’t have to devote your life to being a doctor or scientist to benefit from an improved understanding of immunology. While many people strive to better educate themselves on these topics, the challenge is in finding educational resources that are not only accessible to the general public, but are also scientifically accurate and comprehensible for non-scientists.
Now Dr. Jonathan M. Gershoni, a Professor of Molecular Immunology and Virology at Tel Aviv University, has stepped in to help.
After spending thirty years investigating the immune response towards viruses such as HIV, HCV and SARS CoV, Dr. Gershoni is now offering a free course entitled, Viruses & How to Beat Them: Cells, Immunity, Vaccines.
Designed for the general public, the course is offered at no charge, but can also be taken for continuing education credits for a small fee ($49). The online lectures are offered in English in a video format that is easy to understand. Additional learning materials and a glossary of terms are also available for each section.
The entire course consists of seven lessons which are then subdivided into six to ten sub-lessons, each concluding with a quiz. Although the course became available in December, new participants can view any of the lectures at their own pace. Lesson 7 may be of particular interest since it deals specifically with vaccines and how they work. While the time one invests in this course may vary, it is expected that the course can be completed by committing two to three hours per week over an eight-week period.
At a time when immunization misinformation remains prevalent on the internet, and continues to interfere with the public’s ability to recognize the value of vaccines as a primary means of disease prevention, this class and others from reputable individuals and organizations, can further our mission to ensure that everyone is making well-informed decisions regarding vaccines.
Consider the comments Dr. Jonathan M. Gershoni has received from various experts on what they think about vaccines:
We encourage you to register for the course, share your thoughts about the course if you are taking it, and encourage others to further educate themselves about immunology and virology by signing up today. Simply click here to get started.
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