Why Do We Get Immunized?


In this lesson 1 of 4, students will explore the history of vaccines and the important role they play in infection control.


In this lesson, students explore the history of vaccines and the purpose of immunizations, and the important role vaccines play in infection control.    Students will gain background knowledge necessary to the completion of the culminating project in lesson 4. The culminating project is focused on public education, students will be creating a children's storybook about the importance of immunizations or infection control.

This lesson may be done in one class period, but may extend to two class periods depending on class discussion and level of student knowledge. By the end of lesson 1, students will be able to answer the essential questions for this lesson: 

  • Why are vaccines important?
  • Why do we immunize?


  • Red paper 
  • Blue paper squares
  • Yellow paper squares
  • White paper squares
  •  Photocopies of "The Polio Story" video question assignment.
  • Photocopied Pioneer assignment rubric
  • Photocopied KWL chart
  • Laptops or computers
  • Internet access
  • Projector or Smartboard

Lesson Times

Estimate Time Allotment
1 Class Period

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
    • Patient Care
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Describe different vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
  • Describe several immunization pioneers and the contributions they made.

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