Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill


"Herd Immunity and You" investigated the feasibility of constructing and implementing an educational program for students on the WPI campus. The intent was to educate students about the importance of herd immunity within the college community and misconceptions associated with influenza and the vaccine. Subsequently, first-year students were encouraged to raise vaccination rates to achieve herd immunity. This project included the construction, implementation, and outcome of the interactive simulation and the associated data analysis. The outcome showed that this program was an effective means of educating students about the seasonal flu, but that vaccine cost and availability prevent the majority from getting vaccinated. A possible solution to this problem is outlined for future research.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology