Educational Material about Influenza Viruses

Viruses. 2019 Mar 7;11(3):231. doi: 10.3390/v11030231.


To supplement a special edition of the journal Viruses, entitled "What's New with Flu?", influenza virus researchers have worked together to generate simple educational material to communicate their science to school students. Educational materials suitable for a range of ages are included, from coloring exercises for younger students through to explanations of cutting-edge science in straightforward language for older students. This article contains a handout with influenza facts, a coloring page, a glossary and word find and a connect-the-dots exercise explaining the ideas behind recently published scientific papers. Together, these materials are intended to make research on influenza viruses more accessible to students and teachers.

Keywords: STEM; coloring; educational material; influenza virus; word find.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Influenza, Human / virology
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Students