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Important Facts for Mean Blood Lead Levels among Children

Definition

Mean (average) blood lead levels in children aged 1-5 years

Numerator

Sum of blood lead levels in each child aged 1-5 years

Denominator

Total number of children aged 1-5 years

Why Is This Important?

Lead can disrupt the normal growth and development of a child's brain and central nervous system. Children are exposed to lead by swallowing lead dust, soil, or paint chips, breathing lead contaminated air, or eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by lead.

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the mean blood lead levels in children

U.S. Target: 1.6 ug/dL average blood lead level in children aged 1-5 years
State Target: 1.5 ug/dL average blood lead level in children aged 1-5 years

Other Objectives

'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective MCH-12''': Reduce mean blood lead levels in children aged 1-5 years to an average blood lead level of <=1.5 mcg/dL. '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective MCH-12''': Reduce mean blood lead levels in children aged 1-5 years to an average blood lead level of <=2.9 mcg/dL.

How Are We Doing?

The average blood lead level of children aged 1-5 years is declining. The original Healthy New Jersey 2020 target of 2.9 mcg/dL was met in 2007-2010, thus a new target has been set.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/childhoodlead/]
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