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Notice to Readers: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 20--26, 2002, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Childhood lead poisoning is the most preventable environmental disease in young children, but approximately 1 million children still 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 aim of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is 1) to raise awareness about the importance of screening at-risk children aged 1--2 years and those aged 3--6 years who have not been previously screened and 2) to urge persons to take precautions to eliminate children's exposure to lead.

This year's theme is "Discover the Rewards of Lead-Safe Living." As part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, events such as state proclamations, free lead screenings, lead-awareness community events, and educational campaigns will be conducted nationwide. CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are collaborating to coordinate activities and offer aid to local lead poisoning prevention campaigns.

Information about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week activities is available through state or local health departments. Additional information about preventing childhood lead poisoning is available at or by telephone, 800-424-5323.


  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy people 2010, 2nd ed. With understanding and improving health and objectives for improving health (2 vols). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000.

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