Free Blood Lead Testing for Children
Did You Know?
- Exposure to lead-based paint can be harmful to children and adults;
- 75% of the homes built before 1979 contain some lead-based paint;
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 310,000 children have blood-lead levels above safe limits.
The Dangers of Lead
Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and can affect adults. Even low levels of lead in children can result in stunted mental and physical development, learning disorders, and behavior problems. Lead can even cause abnormal fetal development in pregnant women.
You might have lead in and around your home without knowing it because you cannot see, taste or smell lead. Lead is most commonly found on exterior-painted surfaces, interior woodwork, doors, and windows. The greatest threat is breathing or ingesting dust from lead-based paint as it chips or deteriorates over time.
La Maestra Community Health Center conducts the blood tests using a non-invasive Lead Care II blood analyzer that was purchased by the Housing Commission under a program grant in 2008.
Test results are immediate – within three minutes. If a child tests positive, families will be referred for further medical evaluation. In addition, families are provided with information on how to eliminate lead hazards, offered a free home inspection, and encouraged to sign-up for the “Home Safe Home” Program.
Bring your children or grandchildren under the age of six for a blood test for the presence of lead.
September 17th 2011
10am – 3pm
Euclid Medical Center
286 Euclid Ave.
San Diego CA 92114