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June 1990

Childhood Injuries in the United States: A Priority Issue

Author Affiliations

Center for Environmental Health and Injury Control Centers for Disease Control Public Health Service US Department of Health and Human Services Atlanta, GA 30333

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(6):625-626. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150300019014

Injuries destroy the health, lives, and livelihoods of millions of people and are a major public health problem in the United States today. Injuries are a particularly tragic problem for children and adolescents in this country since virtually all of the difference in excess mortality among children in the United States compared with other industrialized countries is attributed to injury and violence.1 In 1986, more than 22 000 children and adolescents 19 years and younger died of injuries in the United States, and among those between 1 and 19 years of age, injuries caused more deaths than all diseases combined.1 In addition to those children who die each year, an estimated 600 000 are hospitalized, almost 16 million require treatment in emergency departments, and more than 30000 suffer permanent disabilities.1 Although the costs of injuries to children and adolescents are difficult to determine, they are estimated to

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