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Smallpox deaths per age group in pre-vaccination Geneva 1580-1760

In the pre-vaccination era in Switzerland, smallpox was responsible for a considerable number of deaths annually, with almost 98 percent* of these deaths occurring in children below the age of ten. Between 1580 and 1760, over 25,000 smallpox deaths were recorded, with over 12,000 (almost half) of these occurring in children below the age of two. When compared with similar studies from Sweden and Scotland during this time period, we can gain a valuable insight into the devastation caused by smallpox in pre-vaccination Europe, and the role that vaccination played in reducing the infant and child mortality rates across the continent.

Number of smallpox deaths in select age groups in Geneva between 1580 and 1760, before the introduction of vaccination

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Source

Release date

2018

Region

Switzerland

Survey time period

1580 to 1760

Supplementary notes

*The total number of smallpox deaths in Geneva between 1580 and 1760 was 25,249.
As a percentage of the total smallpox deaths, the shares are as follows:
0-1: 26.9%
1-2: 21.45%
2-3: 16.3%
3-4: 11.19%
4-5: 7.64%
5-6: 5.25%
6-7: 3.74%
7-8: 2.15%
8-9: 1.8%
9-10: 1.37%
10-15: 1.06%
15-20: 0.56%
20-25: 0.34%
25-30: 0.19%
30+: 0.07%

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