New Vital Signs Report: Children with sickle cell anemia are at risk for stroke and other complications

Why are so few getting the screening and treatment they need?

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Sickle cell anemia, a blood disorder that primarily affects Black and African American people, can cause severe pain and shorten life expectancy by more than 20 years. Yet, few children with the disease are getting the recommended screening and treatment to prevent life-threatening complications such as stroke. Join us to learn more about the barriers to care for children with sickle cell anemia and what can be done to ease suffering and save lives.


Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., CDC’s Acting Principal Deputy Director
Laura Schieve, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


Tuesday, September 20, at 12:00 p.m. ET


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