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Flannelgraph on measles, England, 1992

Flannelgraphs can be used to teach people about public health issues regardless of how well they can read and write. By using pictures and public discussion, the audience learns how to recognise the symptoms and signs of measles. They are also taught to prevent measles by vaccination and how to care for a person with measles. The health worker is given a script with questions to encourage discussion. Questions include “What signs do we see when a child has measles?” Flannelgraphs are a useful tool as they are easy to transport, quick to set up, re-useable and adaptable to the direction of the discussion. The flannelgraph is made by TALC (Teaching Aids at Low Costs), founded in 1965 by Professor David Morley to distribute teaching aids to improve health care worldwide.

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    Glossary: vaccination

    The introduction of vaccine into the body for the purpose of inducing immunity. Coined originally to apply to the injection of smallpox vaccine, the term has come to mean any immunising procedure in which vaccine is injected.

    Glossary: flannelgraph

    A piece of flannel as a base for paper or cloth-cut outs, used as a toy or teaching aid.

    Glossary: measles

    Disease caused by a virus most commonly found in children. Measles is spread through airborne fluids. In roughly the last 150 years, measles has been estimated to have killed 200 million people worldwide.