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Time for another screed about the anti-vaccination movement.
Well, not about them per se, but rather about another study that demonstrates how much of a positive difference vaccines have made in the US. The article, from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University, describes what I can only imagine to be a Herculean effort to digitize disease reporting records from 1888 to 2011 (article behind a paywall, unfortunately). Turns out there are publications that have been collecting weekly reports of disease incidence across US cities for over a century. I have not been able to access the methods, but I can’t shake the image of hordes of undergraduates hunched over yellowed clippings and blurry photocopies of 19th century tables, laboriously entering numbers one by one into a really extensive excel spreadsheet.
All told, 87,950,807 individual cases were entered into their database, including location, time, and diseases. Not fun, however it was done. Continue reading