Developing Flu Vaccines


The Flu is much more than a bad cold. It can kill. How does it spread so quickly? How are vaccines created? Find out in this fascinating book.

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The Flu is much more than a bad cold. It can kill. How does it spread so quickly? How are vaccines created? Find out in this fascinating book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alison F. Solove
Burgan's book stands out as the best in the "Science Missions" series. He frames the book around the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and its role in inspiring generations of scientists to search for flu vaccinations. He succinctly describes how viruses infect people and the science behind vaccinations. The book then describes how the flu virus evolves over time, including the impact of swine and bird flus. It concludes with a discussion of the future of vaccines such as the development of alternative delivery mechanisms or a universal flu vaccine. By using the Spanish Flu pandemic as a frame, Burgan helps the subject seem personal and relevant. All the titles in the "Science Missions" series include a useful index and bibliography, as well as eye-popping full-color photos, charts, and graphs. Unfortunately, the book also suffers from some of the same weaknesses as the rest of the series. While it provides a useful glossary of bolded terms, the "word store" boxes on the bottom are redundant and distracting. The "word store" doesn't always provide definitions for all the vocabulary on a given page. When it does include definitions, they are frequently not where the reader expects because the words are in alphabetical order across a two-page spread. The definitions themselves vary widely in tone and are often too vague for a young audience ("a microorganism is a tiny living thing") or overly simplistic ("a virus is a tiny living thing that invades cells and makes people sick"). Overall the book makes an important part of medical research seem relevant and approachable to the intended audience. Reviewer: Alison F. Solove
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410939937
  • Publisher: Raintree Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Science Missions Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: NC800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States.
Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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Table of Contents

Deadly Virus 4

Viruses and Illnesses 10

The Search for a Vaccine 18

A Changing Virus 24

Fighting the Flu Today 32

Fighting the Swine Flu 40

The Future of Flu Vaccines 46

Timeline of Flu Vaccines 50

Glossary 52

Find Out More 54

Index 56

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