Published: 2 December 2015

Watch: Scientists release infectious festive jingle

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Scientists from the University of Liverpool have released a catchy Christmas jingle video to help young people understand how to avoid catching and spreading colds, stomach bugs and other common infections this winter.

The jingle is set to the tune of popular classic, Jingle Bells and features special appearances from Santa Claus and Rudolph the Reindeer.

Produced by Dr Alan Radford, with help from staff and students at the University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health and School of Veterinary Science, the jingle was originally created as part of an interactive Christmas science show that he has hosted for the past two years.

Dr Alan Radford said: “As a father of young children, I am increasingly interested in the challenges of communicating science and health messages to children.

“We hope the video will provide a fun vehicle for families to sit down together and talk about simple things we can all do to help keep ourselves, our friends and family healthy. By talking about it, hopefully we can change behaviours and reduce the transmission of infectious diseases at Christmas.”

Watch the Christmas Jingle video here:

Live performance at Ness

Dr Radford and colleagues will be performing the jingle live as part of this year’s ‘Sneezy Reindeer Science Show’, which is taking place from 1.30-2.30pm at Ness Botanic Gardens on Saturday, 5 November. The show is free to attend and is suitable for children aged 5-10.

With the help of Santa and Rudolph the Reindeer, children can learn about germs, what they are and how they can make people and animals ill.

For more information about this event, and other festive activities at Ness, please visit:http://www.nessgardens.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/christmas-weekend

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