Monday, February 6, 2017

Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes' Vaccination rates vs. infection rates

Refutation to Anti-vaccination Memes came up with this nice illustration to explain why anti-vaxxers shouldn't claim a "win" just because more vaccinated people than un-vaccinated people get sick during an outbreak.

I feel that this example has a bit more credence if paired with actual immunization rate/infection rate data. For instance, a case when an outbreak has occurred and the majority of infected are immunized, but there were still some un-immunized individuals.

To further this case, yes, most people in America are immunized. Here is an example of a an outbreak that has been linked to un-vaccinated folks.

How to use in class:
-Base rate fallacy (which DOES matter when making an argument with descriptive stats!)
-Relative v. absolute risk.
-Making sense of and contextualizing descriptive statistics.