Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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
Dinh-Zarr TB, Heitman E, Baker SP, et al. Health Risks of Latino Children. JAMA. 2002;288(16):1981–1983. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1981
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