Monday, January 23, 2017

DeBold & Friedman's "Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines"

The folks at Wall Street Journal took CDC disease data (by state, by year, courtesy of Project Tycho) as well as information on when various vaccines were introduced to the public. And the data tells a compelling story about the importance of vaccinations. Below, the story of measles.

How to use in class:
-Using archival data to educate and make a point (here, vaccine efficacy)
-Visualizing many data points (infections x state x year) effectively
-Interactive: You can cursor over any cube to see the related data. Below, I've highlighted Pennsylvania data from 1957.

-Since  you can cursor over any data point to see the data, you can ask your students to pull data for use in class.
-The present data was draw from Project Tycho, a University of Pittsburgh initiative to better share public health data. This resource may be useful to your classes as well.
-This data is good for Stats class, as well as Developmental, Health, Public Health, etc.