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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 26, 2014

Too Many Kids Don’t Get Necessary Preventive Services

JAMA. 2014;312(20):2084. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15457

Millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States have not received the vital preventive services that have been proven to safeguard health, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report supplement “Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services to Improve the Health of Infants, Children, and Adolescents: United States, 1999-2011.” The report lists several examples of large numbers of children who lack specific routine screenings: half of infants who fail a hearing screening don’t receive testing to diagnose hearing loss, 67% of children aged 1 to 2 years weren’t screened for lead poisoning, 24% of physicals for 3- to 17-year-olds didn’t include blood pressure screening, and 60% of sexually active females weren’t screened for chlamydia (Yeung LF et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[2]:1-107).