Lead Poisoning Is 100% Preventable

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Fact: Missouri is the #1 lead-producing state in the United States.

Fact: 24% of Missouri housing was built before 1950, when high lead-content paint was widely used.

Fact: Approximately 80% of Missouri housing was built before 1978 and may contain some lead-based paint.

Fact: An estimated 4% of Missouri children tested less than six years of age are known to have high blood lead levels.

Fact: Exposure to high levels of lead may cause anemia (low iron), weakness, and kidney and brain damage. Very high lead exposure can cause death.

Get the Facts: Learn about lead exposure and the hazards of lead. Get Your Child Tested: A simple blood test can detect lead. Consult your health care provider for advice on testing your children for lead. Get Your Home Tested: Minimize your risk of lead exposure by hiring a certified professional to test your home for lead if it was built before 1978.

Want to get your child tested? It is a simple finger stick with results in about 10 minutes. Call the TCHD Branson location today to make an appointment

Click here for information and guidance on how to protect yourself and your family from the effects of lead exposure.