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Important Facts for Blood Lead Levels among Children

Definition

Concentration of blood lead among children aged 1 to 5 years in the 97.5 percentile (mcg/dL)

Numerator

Concentration of blood lead among children aged 1 to 5 years in the 97.5 percentile (mcg/dL)

Denominator

Not applicable

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 blood lead level in children aged 15 years

U.S. Target: 5.2 mcg/dL
State Target: 4.5 mcg/dL

Other Objectives

'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective MCH-11''': Reduce blood lead level in children aged 1-5 years to 4.5 mcg/dL '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective MCH-11''': Reduce the proportion of children aged 1-5 years who have an initial blood lead level >=10 mcg/dL to 0.9%.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: [https://nj.gov/health/childhoodlead/]
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