Illustration for the Give it a shot game where you simulate pandemics. The words "Give it a Shot" hover over a map that has cartoon people outlined with different colors standing on the map.

Give It A Shot

An Outbreak and Pandemic Simulator

Viruses and bacteria that cause disease seem to be a larger part of our lives these days. Measles, COVID-19, avian flu, and other diseases seem to always have us asking... how do we avoid catching it? How can we help stop the spread? With COVID-19, masks and distancing have been very important in slowing the spread of the disease. But is this the case in all pandemic situations? We also know how important vaccines are in helping to keep people safe from a variety of virus. But how much do they matter in the bigger picture?

Now, you can answer these questions and more by playing out as many simulations as you want to learn how population size, masking, distancing, and vaccinating can help slow the spread of measles, influenza, COVID-19, and polio with Give It A Shot.

SARS-CoV-2 illustration

For basic instructions before you get started, check out our Quick Start video for our similar game, COVID SIM:

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  • Article: Give It A Shot
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: June 28, 2022
  • Date accessed: July 15, 2024
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Dr. Biology. (2022, June 28). Give It A Shot. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved July 15, 2024 from

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Dr. Biology. "Give It A Shot". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 28 June, 2022.

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An image showing SARS-CoV-2 viruses, and a few different vaccines (shot, dropper, and nasal spray)

To get an A to Z lesson on vaccines including their history, read our story Vaccine Science.

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