The injury death rate among children in the U.S. dropped nearly 30 percent over the past 10 years. Despite the positive trend, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs report released today shows injuries remain the leading cause of death for youth.
Among the report’s findings, more than 9,000 youth died due to injury in 2009, or roughly one child an hour. Suffocation death rates have gone up by 54 percent in the past decade and poisoning death rates have seen a 91 percent increase, largely due to prescription drug overdoses. The most common cause of death from injuries is motor vehicle crashes.
“Kids are safer from injuries today than ever before. In fact, the decrease in injury death rates in the past decade has resulted in more than 11,000 children’s lives being saved,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden in a press release. “But we can do more. It’s tragic and unacceptable when we lose even one child to an avoidable injury.”
A National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention was also released today in conjunction with the report. The plan is intended to heighten awareness about the burden of childhood injuries in the U.S. and coordinate efforts among the public health community to reduce the rates of child injury and death.
Tune in to a Vital Signs teleconference on Tuesday to learn more about some of the recommendations included in today’s report.