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The Virus Song
Teaching the Characteristics of Viruses
Robin Walling

This song is available on Robin Walling's Science in Song Volume II.

Mutating all the time those
Come in all shapes and sizes
Can Make You Sick

Covered in a protein coat
Gives the virus shape, you know
They are really, really small
You can’t see them, not at all

They are not a living cell
They are neither dead, as well
Insides made of DNA
They can ruin a happy day.


Sometimes latent, just beware
You won’t even know they’re there
In a host they’ll reproduce
Then you’ve got them on the loose

Vaccines often save the day
And make the virus stay away
Antibodies fight them off
So you won’t sneeze and you won’t cough.


Influenza, polio
Are two that have vaccines, you know
Mumps, measles and the flu
Can be prevented that way, too

Lastly, one thing you should know
About the simple, common cold
With viruses too many to count
There’s no vaccine to wipe them out.




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Many thanks to Robin Walling for permission to display these lyrics.
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