Figure 3: Number and Percent of Children Screened at Least Twice before Age Three Years; 1998 - 2002 Birth Cohorts (1998 to 2005 Blood Lead Test Data),1 New York State Excluding New York City

Figure 3 shows the number and percent of children born in the years 1998 through 2002 who received at least two blood lead screening tests by age 36 months, as required under NYS Public Health Law and regulations. A total of 34,180 children born in NYS in 2002 had at least two blood lead screening tests by age 36 months, compared to 27,321 children born in NYS in 1998.

Trend data show that the percent of children receiving at least two blood lead screening tests by age 36 months increased by 23.5% over this time period, from 26.8% of children born in 1998 to 33.1% of children born in 2002.

Birth Year Number of Children Screened at Least Twice for Lead Percent of Children Screened at Least Twice for Lead
1998 27,321 26.8%
1999 29,375 28.2%
2000 31,684 29.9%
2001 31,438 30.6%
2002 34,180 33.1%

Footnotes

  1. Birth cohorts beyond 2002 are not included in this analysis because those children had not yet turned 36 months of age by 2005, and the opportunity for blood lead testing remained available after 2005.