Vaccination Investigation

The History and Science of Vaccines

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Vaccines are biological substances that cause the human immune system to build up its defenses against specific diseases. Public health officials recommend a series of vaccines for all children, as well as some vaccines for teenagers and adults. But not everyone gets the vaccines they need. Many poor nations don’t have the resources to deliver vaccines to every community. Some parents refuse to have their children vaccinated because they don’t believe the evidence proving that vaccines are safe.

The effort to wipe out diseases using vaccines continues. Vaccine Investigation recounts the fascinating history of vaccines, their important role in protecting community health, and the excitement of cutting-edge research.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2018-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN024030, YAN050010
Dewey 615.3/72
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1160
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, and Timeline

Author: Tara Haelle


  • ASJA Outstanding Book Award, Winner, 2019
  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019


School Library Journal

“A straightforward and persuasive overview that presents the history and necessity of vaccines.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[W]ell-researched, articulate, and thoughtful . . . an essential purchase . . .”—starred, Kirkus Reviews


“[A]n excellent introduction to a complicated and timely topic.”—Booklist