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Protecting the ones you love: Child injuries report at CDC

Protecting the ones you love: Child injuries report at CDCProtecting your loved ones, especially the children – that’s what it’s all about.

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has just released the CDC Childhood Injury Report: Patterns of Unintentional Injuries among 0-19 Year Olds in the United States, 2000-2006 earlier this month.

The report gives data on accidental children injuries associated with drowning, falls, fires or burns, transportation-related injuries, poisoning, and suffocation, among others. Here are some facts and figures to ponder upon:

  • On average, 12,175 children 0 to 19 years of age died each year in the United States from an unintentional injury.
  • Injuries due to transportation were the leading cause of death for children.
  • An estimated 9.2 million children annually had an initial emergency department visit for an unintentional injury.
  • Injuries due to falls were the leading cause of nonfatal injury.

For these reasons, the CDC launched the “Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable” initiative to increase awareness of parents and caregivers about the causes of child injuries. The initiative includes free resources such as information leaflets, e-cards, podcasts and special events. All materials are available free of charge.

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