Misrepresentations of Statistics Revised n Flu Vaccine May Lower Heart Attack Risk, Research Finds

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In the article “Flu Vaccine May Lower Hearth Attack Risk, Researchers Find”, there was a substantial amount of misleading statistics that, in turn, made me doubt the conclusions configured. Just glancing at the title, an implied connection is made when the author includes the word “…may…”. There is no guarantee that getting the flu vaccine will lower one’s heart attack risk; the two variables are not necessarily connected. Later on in the article it reads, “The finding, published today in the journal Heart, suggests flu vaccination programs targeting the elderly should be extended to include younger adults, especially those with coronary artery disease.” The word, “…suggests…” is another example of an implied connection, which is a …show more content…
In the article “Flu Vaccine May Lower Hearth Attack Risk, Researchers Find”, there was a substantial amount of misleading statistics that, in turn, made me doubt the conclusions configured. Just glancing at the title, an implied connection is made when the author includes the word “…may…”. There is no guarantee that getting the flu vaccine will lower one’s heart attack risk; the two variables are not necessarily connected. Later on in the article it reads, “The finding, published today in the journal Heart, suggests flu vaccination programs targeting the elderly should be extended to include younger adults, especially those with coronary artery disease.” The word, “…suggests…” is another example of an implied connection, which is a misleading statistic. It reads as though they don’t know much about the flu vaccine and its effects on those with coronary artery disease, but if they looked more into it, it could be successful. In chapter 8 we learned the concept of hypothesis testing along with confidence intervals, which could be used in this study if numerical data was obtained, and then we could evaluate claims about the population. One can also use correlation and regression from chapter 10 to determine if there is a relationship between two or more numerical variables. In turn, the article would be much more reliable. Another part of the article that was concerning was the lack of information regarding the sample they used. The article states, “Immunization against the

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