A Graphic History

From the Series Medical Breakthroughs

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Vaccines have been used to safely introduce people’s bodies to diseases for centuries, and they save millions of lives each year. By giving people a weakened or dead version of a disease, a vaccine allows the body to develop antibodies which recognize and fight the disease later on.

Early vaccinations used dry scabs from smallpox to promote smallpox immunity. Doctors and scientists across nations took and improved the method, developing vaccines for health crises from whooping cough to polio to COVID-19. This graphic history features famous cases and current challenges, including the time frame for creating a new vaccine.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body, STEM: Technology
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF062020, JNF051170, JNF024020
Dewey 614.4/7
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 710
Guided Reading Level Y
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Original artwork, and Source notes

Author: Paige V. Polinsky

Paige Polinsky is a writer, copy editor, and professional freelancer based in Minnesota. She writes across many industries, from children's nonfiction to veterinary medicine. She is interested in the judicial system and loves to apply her skills to the legal field.

Illustrator: Dante Ginevra

Dante Ginevra is a comic artist, illustrator, art director, and freelancer. He is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.