Data Visualization Vaccine visualization

Published on February 18th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Visualizing the Impact of Vaccines

Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman of the Wall Street Journal created a series of data visualizations that illustrate the impact vaccinations have had on the prevalence of infectious diseases like polio, rubella, and measles. DeBold and Friedman use data from the Centers for Disease Control dating back to as early as 1928 to visualize the yearly number of cases per 100,000 people across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The visualizations indicate the year a vaccine was introduced for a disease, typically resulting in a dramatic decrease in the number of new cases.

Take a look.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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