Analyze and interpret the epidemiological evidence for a possible association between vaccination with the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and the occurrence of autism.
Assignment 1: Case Study: Epidemiological Measures
Understanding health risks and interpreting them correctly is an important function for anyone involved in public health. Often, the results of epidemiological studies are reported in the media as “known facts,” when indeed that is not the case. Such is the situation for the reported association between vaccinations and the risk of autism.
For this Case Study Assignment, you will analyze and interpret the epidemiological evidence for a possible association between vaccination with the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and the occurrence of autism. To prepare for this Assignment, access the following document, also located in the Learning Resources:
Simeonsson, K., Bethel, J., & Lea, S. (n.d.). Weighing the evidence: Misconceptions about measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. Retrieved from Association for Prevention Teaching and Research website: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.aptrweb.org/resource/resmgr/prevention_modules/module_2_student_case.pdf
Using the information provided in the case study, complete Sections B, C, and D (pp. 5–10), typing your answers into a separate document.
Be sure that your completed document contains your responses to all questions from Sections B, C, and D of the case study.
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