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October 23/30, 2002

Health Risks of Latino Children

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;288(16):1981-1983. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1981

To the Editor: Dr Flores and colleagues1 highlighted key issues to improve the health of Latino children. We were disappointed, however, that they overlooked injuries as a priority for Latino children.

Motor vehicle–related injuries are the leading cause of death for all children,2 but Latino children face an even higher risk of dying in crashes. Death rates per 100 000 children aged 1 to 3 years are higher for Latinos than for whites. Occupant death rates per vehicle mile traveled (VMT) are 8 per billion for Latinos aged 5 to 12 years compared with 5 per billion for non-Latino whites. Latinos aged 13 to 19 years have death rates of 45 per billion VMT compared with 30 per billion VMT for non-Latino whites.3