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Lead Poisoning Prevention

There is no medical treatment that can reverse the harm caused by lead. That's why it is important to take action before a child is harmed. New York State Public Health Law and Regulations require health care providers to:

  • Obtain a blood test for all children at age one and again at age two
  • Assess all children ages six months to six years for risk of lead exposure at least annually
  • Make certain children with an elevated lead level have appropriate follow-up testing and medical management

The Oswego County Health Department carries out actions to address lead poisoning prevention and follow up. The goals of these activities are to:

  • Find and reduce sources of lead before they can harm children
  • Teach the public, health care providers, and others about lead
  • Promote lead testing for children
  • Help children with lead poisoning by making sure they get the testing, education, and treatment necessary, and by helping their families find sources of lead in their home

To learn more about the Oswego County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, call 315-349-3547.

Additional information:
Does Your Child Need a Lead Test? https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/6670.pdf
What Your Child's Blood Lead Test Means https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2526.pdf
Good Nutrition Helps Reduce the Effects of Lead https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/6672.pdf

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