In search of immunity: the science of vaccines

Microscopic image of skin cells following vaccination. © Inserm/Combardière, Behazine
Microscopic image of skin cells following vaccination. © Inserm/Combardière, Behazine

From a universal flu vaccine that could save us from a pandemic, to vaccines that target ticks and mosquitoes, Horizon looks at the science of vaccines during the month of February.

The bacteria that causes TB infects over a quarter of the world’s population, and we speak to the European scientists who are closing in on a vaccine for the disease that could save millions of lives.

We also look at the rise of measles and mumps as a result of fears over the MMR vaccination – and interview researchers who are collecting information to try to prevent unnecessary future vaccine scares.