Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is dedicated to eliminating childhood lead poisoning as a public health problem through strengthening blood lead testing, reporting, and surveillance, linking exposed children to recommended services, and targeted population-based interventions.

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Decreases in Young Children Who Received Blood Lead Level Testing During COVID-19 — 34 Jurisdictions, January–May 2020.

Courtney JG, Chuke SO, Dyke K, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). February 5, 2021.

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Pediatricians play a key role in preventing childhood lead exposure, identifying and treating lead poisoning in children, and advocating for public health measures to address the problem.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has additional information available on lead exposure and preventionexternal icon.