Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

CDC has updated its blood lead reference value (BLRV) from 5 µg/dL to 3.5 µg/dL in response to the Lead Exposure Prevention and Advisory Committee (LEPAC) recommendation made on May 14, 2021.

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing 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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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 prevention.