Human immunity and defence

Duration 03:56

An inside look at the workings of the immune system, focusing particularly on how the body fights off viruses. It features high quality CGI of white blood cells and viruses. It also mentions how diseases spread as well as the function of antibodies. The footage features key vocabulary and concepts from the curriculum.

First broadcast:
28 September 2011

This clip gives students an idea of the workings of the immune system The footage of microbes and immune cells is visually engaging and could lead to students making their own models of 'key players' in the immune system story. For younger ages, the footage of sneezing and snot provide good discussion topics on the spread of disease and could inspire public health style posters of the style 'coughs and sneezes spread diseases'.