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
- Births: Final Data for 2015 [PDF - 1.89 MB] (1/2017)
- Timeliness of Death Certificate Data for Mortality Surveillance and Provisional Estimates [PDF - 210 KB] (12/2016)
- Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths: United States, 2010–2014 [PDF - 251] (12/2016)
- Using Literal Text From the Death Certificate to Enhance Mortality Statistics: Characterizing Drug Involvement in Deaths [PDF - 256 KB](12/2016)
- Confidentiality Concerns and Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Among Adolescents and Young Adults Aged 15–25 (12/2016)
- Mortality in the United States, 2015 (12/2016)
- United States Life Tables, 2012 [PDF - 1.8 MB] (11/2016)
- Page last reviewed: February 16, 2016
- Page last updated: February 16, 2016
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