The impact of vaccines–or how to make data more fun

Vaccine impact graphThis post from Forbes brings a whole new "fun" side to looking at data.

Matthew Herper published this graph on how vaccines have actually managed to change our world based on data from the CDC. Leon Farrant, a graphic designer from Purchase NY, made the graph actually make sense and look comprehensive:

Vaccine impact graph


Pretty impressive to see how effective the common childhood inoculations, made by Merck, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis, are. The pneumococcal vaccine, made by Pfizer, has resulted in dramatic drops in meningitis and pneumonia. When Bristol-Myers Squibb lost a patent case related to its hepatitis B drug the other week, investors shrugged, because children here are vaccinated against hepatitis B, so this isn't a big market. The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine has been failing us, because immunity against it fades. But there's still a dramatic reduction in what was once a common disease.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but these are positive signs.

What disease do you think will be the next one to be eradicated?

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