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News from the world of maths: Do you know what's good for you? The maths of infectious diseases

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Infectious diseases hardly ever disappear from the headlines. If it's not the disease itself that hits the news, then it's the vaccines with their potential side effects. It can be hard to tell the difference between scare mongering and responsible reporting, because media coverage rarely provides a look behind the scenes. How do scientists reach the conclusions they do? How do they predict how a particular disease will spread, and whether it is likely to mutate into a more dangerous strand? And how do they assess the impact of an intervention like vaccination, and make sure that a vaccine is safe?

Two answer these questions, we have put together a package of five articles, a podcast, and a classroom activity.

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