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Health Indicator Report of Blood Lead Levels among Children

Lead can disrupt the normal growth and development of a child's brain and central nervous system. Children may be exposed to lead in lead-based paint; some imported goods such as toys, cosmetics, candy, and spices; some herbal remedies and folk medicines; lead pipes; and ceramic pottery.[https://nj.gov/health/childhoodlead/documents/knowlead_poster_english.pdf ^1^]

Notes

This was the original Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective MCH-11. The target was achieved early and maintained for several years, so this objective has been replaced.

Data Source

LeadTrax, Office of Local Public Health, New Jersey Department of Health

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

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%.

How Are We Doing?

The revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 target was met in State Fiscal Year 2019.

Available Services

CDC Lead Poisoning Information for Parents and Prevention Tips: [https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/default.htm] Consumer Product Safety Commission (lead recalls in consumer products): [http://www.cpsc.gov/]

Health Program Information

NJDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: [https://nj.gov/health/childhoodlead/]
Page Content Updated On 11/10/2022, Published on 11/10/2022
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