Collectively sick. Or not?

Collectively sick. Or not?

Organisation: de Volkskrant newspaper (Netherlands)

Publication Date: 03/21/2017


Size of team/newsroom:large


This browser-based computer simulation lets the reader explore for themselves how various infectious diseases spread and what the effect of vaccination is. It demonstrates that the decision to (not) vaccinate your child is not just a choice for individual protection, but that it is also a choice to maintain collective protection (‘herd immunity’) for people that cannot be vaccinated. This production was made in response to the current debate around the necessity of vaccination, initiated by an increasing number of skeptics in The Netherlands and abroad.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

This is the first full blown computer simulation in which the news reader can choose a disease and degree of vaccination themselves to see how it affects the spreading of infectious diseases. It shows how herd immunity works and thereby contributes to the current debate about the use of vaccination.

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