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Disease Lab

Lessons > Vaccination > Step 1

In this lesson we'll look at "Impfluenza". You'll start by examining the disease's effects in a virgin field. First, compare the disease details (found in Simulation Parameters) of Impfluenza and Kold so that you know the differences between the two diseases. Based on these differences and what you know about Kold, predict the sick days per capita for Impfluenza at medium population and medium mixing. Record your prediction in your data table.

In the simulator, select Lesson Vaccination, then set Countermeasure to None to provide the virgin field effect. Then run the simulator to 100 days three times. Answer the following:

  1. Was your prediction correct? If not, why not?
  2. Notice that Impfluenza, unlike Kold, has a death rate. How many people die, on average, when you run the simulator on the virgin field?
  3. How does a death toll change precautionary factors? What kinds of precautions might you take with Impfluenza that you might not have taken with Kold?
  4. Would you consider Impfluenza's death toll to warrant a "state of emergency"? How high would the numbers have to be for this to happen?

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