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Notice to Readers: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week --- October 21--27, 2001

October 21--27 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), and this year's theme is "Treat Yourself to Lead-Safe Living: Harvest the Rewards." Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease of young children, but approximately one million children have elevated blood lead levels. One of the national health objectives for 2010 is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the United States (objective 8-11) (1). The goal of NLPPW is 1) to raise awareness about this serious health issue and the importance of screening at-risk children at aged 1--2 years and children aged 3--5 years who have not been screened previously and 2) to urge persons to take precautions to minimize exposure to lead.

In commemoration of NLPPW, events such as state proclamations, free screenings, lead-awareness community events, and educational campaigns will be conducted nationwide. CDC, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are collaborating to coordinate activities and offer assistance to campaigns at the local level. Additional information about NLPPW activities is available from state or local health departments.

Additional information about preventing childhood lead poisoning is available at http://cdc.gov/nceh/lead or from the National Lead Information Center, telephone (800) 424-LEAD ([800] 424-5323).

Reference

  1. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy people 2010 (conference ed, 2 vols). Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000.


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