POX: SAVE THE PEOPLE® is a cooperative board game that challenges 1–4 players to stop the spread of a deadly disease. Not only is the game fun, but through play, players understand group immunity and the need to vaccinate.

Many public health groups need to better promote immunizations in order to continue to prevent vaccine preventable diseases. Vaccinations against deadly diseases such as diphtheria, polio, and whooping cough were standard public health measures: kids today don’t worry about getting polio, for example. Due to suspicions about vaccines and links to other diseases, more parents refuse to immunize their children, which could lead to a national health crisis. Parents have misconceptions about vaccination. For example, some parents believe that vaccines are no longer necessary. This belief may stem from the idea that children develop immunity to diseases automatically through time, which is simply not true; these myths can lead to disaster. For example, whooping cough has reemerged in the United States. As the percentage of people vaccinated against whooping cough has decreased, the U.S. has lost “herd immunity” to whooping cough, thus allowing ways for contagion to spread among the populace.

Game Contents:

  • 50 blue (vaccine) chips
  • 40 red (infection) chips
  • 5 black (death) chips
  • 20 spread cards
  • 8 outbreak cards
  • game mat
  • how to play


Board Game, 2nd Edition

for iPad
FREE from the App Store

FREE print and play

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  • Executive Producer: Mary Flanagan
  • Game Design: Mary Flanagan, Zara Downs, Max Seidman
  • Additional Game Design: Mike Ayoob
  • Project Coordination: Sukdith Punjasthitkul
  • Programming (POX: SAVE THE PEOPLE digital): Zara Downs, Cecile Williams, Max Seidman
  • Research: Mary Flanagan, Geoff Kaufman, Jonathan Belman
  • Additional Research: Max Seidman, Ashlee Roberson, Tina Moschella, Si Jie Loo, Cote Theriault, Danielle Taylor, Amanda Young, Jordan Carpenter, Janet Kim, Adrea McClave, Viviana Ramos, Dana Venerable, Amaris De La Rosa-Moreno, Madelein Parker, Joyce Cho
  • Playtesting: Alicia Driscoll, Max Seidman
  • Health Care Expertise: Martin Downs, Director of Public Health Programs, Mascoma Valley Health Initiative; Edward Ihejirika, Mascoma Valley Health Initiative

Warning: In compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) we are notifying you that some of the products we sell may contain small parts or parts that may break off potentially causing a choking hazard to small children. Please supervise small children to ensure their safety.