Toddlers with elevated blood lead levels by single age

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Why This Indicator Matters

Exposure to this environmental toxin can have serious effects on physical and mental development, and young children and pregnant women are at special risk. Lead poisoning is preventable. Vermont maintains a goal of universal screening of blood lead levels for 1 and 2 year olds. Vermont was the first state to define 5 µg/dL as an elevated blood lead level in the level; the CDC now concurs. It is recognized that no level of exposure to lead is safe.

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: The number and percent of children ages 1 and 2 who have been found to have blood lead levels above 5 µg/dL

Data Source: Vermont Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health, Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Annual Reports on Program Outcomes and Activities.

Footnotes: Indicator updated July 2018