So I was looking on Flowingdata.com, which is a fascinating data visualization website/blog, and they had a link to a mortality explorer site that shows the death rate by age and year. For example, if you look at English/Welsh males, it shows a pretty distinctive increase in death rates during the years 1914-1918 in military-aged men (roughly 17-45).
What I also noticed is that in most industrialized nations, something happened starting in the late 1940s- early 1950s that decreased the death rate among children started decreasing, and the visualization shows it centered more or less around 10 years old.
And there’s another decrease starting in roughly the late 1990s and continuing until the present day centered on slightly younger children.
What caused this? Immunization? Safer toys? Nutrition?
Mortality explorer site: