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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 20 - 26, 2013

Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CDC, is committed to eliminating this burden to public health.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW)
CDC and HHS share the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the United States. NLPPW occurs every year during the last full week in October (Senate. Resolution 199). During NLPPW, CDC aims to

  • Raise awareness about lead poisoning;
  • Stress the importance of screening the highest risk children younger than 6 years of age (preferably by ages 1 and 2) if they have not been tested yet;
  • Highlight partners' efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning; and
  • Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure.

During NLPPW, many states and communities offer free blood-lead testing and conduct various education and awareness events. For more information about NLPPW activities in your area, please contact your state or local health department.

Every year, CDC, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), develops posters in observance of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW). The posters are free for downloading by states and communities. We also developed a NLPPW Campaign Toolkit to encourage information-sharing, collaboration, and promotion of NLPPW and lead poisoning prevention in general.

NLPPW Toolkit

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Sample Press Release

Use this text in your press release to inform the media about 2013 NLPPW and lead poisoning prevention activities. Insert local details and quotes from your representatives in the highlighted spaces provided.

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Sample Newsletter Article

Cut and paste this text into your newsletter, article, or listserv to help inform people about lead poisoning prevention. Insert local details in the highlighted spaces provided.

Download this sample article in Microsoft Word format Microsoft Word icon [DOCX - 14 KB]

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For additional information about preventing childhood lead poisoning, visit

For more information about this toolkit, contact LeadInfo@cdc.gov.

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