Dr Terrazzini, from the University of Brighton’s Centre for Regenerative Medicines and Devices, had planned to join the British Society of Immunology’s (BSI) now-postponed ‘Celebrate Vaccine Day’, aimed at highlighting the key role vaccine research plays in improving global health.
“Still, we have not missed the opportunity to make some noise on social media, with Facebook posts and Tweets #CelebrateVaccines.”
Dr Terrazzini, senior lecturer in the university’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science, said: “As an immunologist, I feel passionate about sharing with the public better understanding of vaccines.
“We live through challenging times. But immunology has never been such a hot topic. Everyone is talking about it and learning what antibodies are, what is immune memory. Even politicians are now claiming they understand herd immunity!”
The BSI awarded Dr Terrazzini a grant to give a presentation sometime in the future at a Brighton community centre on immunity and childhood vaccinations, “aimed at parents and carers of small children, the decision-makers for children immunisation”.
She urged people not to fear vaccines: “Vaccine hesitancy is often associated with lack of information and our informal drop-in session will provide basic facts and fun-filled activities and games to improve public understanding.”