Smallpox death rate in Germany and Austria 1866-1899

Number of smallpox deaths in Germany and Austria from 1866 until 1899 (per million people)

by Aaron O'Neill, last edited Sep 3, 2019
Smallpox death rate in Germany and Austria 1866-1899 This graph shows us the number of deaths as a direct result of smallpox in Germany and Austria from 1866 until 1899. From the data we can see that there was a smallpox epidemic from 1871 until 1873, where Prussia had 2,624 fatalities per one million people in 1872. In 1873, there were 3,094 fatalities in Austria. As a result of this epidemic The German Vaccination Law of April 8, 1874 was passed, where all children under the age of two, and any unvaccinated child under the age of twelve, had to be vaccinated. From this year we can see a sharp decrease in the death rate where it remains consistently low for the remainder of the century. In contrast to Germany, there was no mandatory vaccination in Austria in this time, and we can see that the death rate due to smallpox remained much higher than in Germany for the remainder of the century.
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Number of smallpox deaths in Germany and Austria from 1866 until 1899 (per million people)

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