Friday, November 6, 2015

October 25-31, 2015 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 25-31st is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and was kicked off by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). States like Michigan participate and help elevate awareness during this week to reach as many families as possible. Fall is a prime time to find high lead levels in a child. Summer months of playing in the yard around older homes along with open windows and doors with compromised lead paint increases the chance for lead exposure. Doctors appointments in the fall associated with "back to school" and ill child visits, can uncover this lead exposure so fall is a typical time we see spikes in lead blood levels. The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program shared a 2015 Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Toolkit. Click here to visit their website and download it.