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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