In England, compulsory vaccination against smallpox was
introduced in 1852, yet in the period 1857 to 1859,
a smallpox epidemic killed 14,244 people.
In 1863 to
1865, a second epidemic claimed 20,059 lives.
a more stringent compulsory vaccination law was passed
those who evaded vaccination were prosecuted. After an
year effort to vaccinate the entire
population between the ages of 2 to 50, the Chief Medical
Officer of England announced in May 1871 that
In the following year, 1872, England
experienced its worst ever smallpox epidemic which claimed
Between 1871-1880, during the period of
compulsory vaccination, the
death rate from smallpox leapt
from 28 to 46 per 100,000 population.
Writing in the
British Medical Journal (21/1/1928 p116) Dr L
questions the vaccination statistics which revealed a
higher death rate amongst the vaccinated than the unvaccinated
and asks: "How is it that smallpox is five times as likely to
be fatal in the vaccinated as in the unvaccinated?
"How is it that in some of our best vaccinated towns -
Bombay and Calcutta - smallpox is rife, whilst
in some of our worst
vaccinated towns, such as Leicester,
it is almost unknown?
"How is it that something like
80 per cent of the cases admitted Into the Metropolitan
Asylums Board smallpox hospitals have been vaccinated, whilst
only 20 per cent have not been vaccinated?
"How is it
that in Germany, the best vaccinated country in the
there are more deaths in proportion to the
population than In England - for example, in 1919, 28 deaths
in England, 707 In Germany; In 1920, 30 deaths In England, 354
In Germany In 1919
There were 5,012 cases of smallpox
with 707 deaths; in England In 1925, there were 5,363 cases of
smallpox with 6 deaths.