QuickStats: Unintentional Drowning* Death Rates of Children and Adolescents Aged 0–17 Years, by Sex and Age Group — United States, 2020–2021

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The figure is a bar graph showing unintentional drowning death rates of U.S. children and adolescents aged 0–17, by sex and age group during 2020–2021, according to the National Vital Statistics System.

* Unintentional drowning deaths were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision underlying cause-of-death codes W65–W74 (accidental drowning and submersion), V90 (accident to watercraft causing drowning and submersion), and V92 (water-transport–related drowning and submersion without accident to watercraft).

Crude deaths per 100,000 population; 95% CIs indicated by error bars.

During 2020–2021, the unintentional drowning death rate was 1.1 deaths per 100,000 population among children and adolescents aged 0–17 years. Rates were higher among males (1.5) than females (0.7). Among children aged <1 year, boys and girls had similar unintentional drowning death rates (1.0), whereas rates were higher for males than for females among those aged 1–4 (3.8 versus 2.1), 5–13 (0.7 versus 0.3), and 14–17 years (1.4 versus 0.2). Rates were highest among those aged 1–4 years among all children and adolescents and among all males and females compared with other age groups.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm

Reported by: Merianne R. Spencer, MPH, MSpencer@cdc.gov; Matthew F. Garnett, MPH.

For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/drowning/index.html

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Unintentional Drowning Death Rates of Children and Adolescents Aged 0–17 Years, by Sex and Age Group — United States, 2020–2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2023;72:936. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7234a7.

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