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Childhood Lead Poisoning Surveillance Objectives

Objectives of childhood lead poisoning surveillance programs at the state level are to
  • Estimate the extent of elevated blood lead levels among children.
  • Assess the follow-up of children with elevated blood lead levels.
  • Examine potential sources of lead exposure.
  • Help allocate resources for lead poisoning prevention activities.

Objectives of childhood lead poisoning surveillance programs at CDC is to
  • Assist states in developing laboratory-based surveillance systems for blood lead levels among children. CDC provides support for surveillance activities alone or in conjunction with prevention activities.
  • Assist states in the analysis and dissemination of lead surveillance data.
  • Assemble data from state systems to form a national surveillance database.


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