National Vital Statistics System
The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing in Public Health and the shared relationships, standards, and procedures form the mechanism by which NCHS collects and disseminates the Nation’s official vital statistics. These data are provided through contracts between NCHS and vital registration systems operated in the various jurisdictions legally responsible for the registration of vital events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths.
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e-Vital Standards Initiatives
- Infant Mortality Rates in Rural and Urban Areas in the United States, 2014 (9/6/2017)
- Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents Aged 15–19 in the United States: 1999–2015 (8/16/2017)
- United States Life Table, 2014 [PDF – 2 MB] (8/14/2017)
- Quarterly Provisional Estimates for Selected Indicators of Mortality, 2015–Quarter 1, 2017 (8/8/2017)
- Quarterly Provisional Estimates for Selected Birth Indicators, 2015–Quarter 1, 2017 (8/8/2017)
- Quarterly Provisional Estimates of Infant Mortality, 2014–Quarter 3, 2016 (8/8/2017)
- Births: Provisional Data for 2016 [PDF – 798 KB] (06/30/2017)
- United States Life Tables, 2013 [PDF – 1.79 MB] (04/11/2017)
- Page last reviewed: August 16, 2017
- Page last updated: August 16, 2017
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