Health Observance Highlights Importance of Childhood Injury Prevention

National Child Injury Prevention Week begins this Thursday, Sept. 1. How many children suffer from injuries in your county? You can find out at

According to data recently updated on, after a 7-year decline, the rate of hospitalizations for unintentional injuries in California has increased in recent years for children ages 1 to 4. In fact, the unintentional injury hospitalization rate declined for every other age group between 2007 and 2009 — 1-4-year-olds were the only age group for which rates increased.

These data are underscored by a recent American Academy of Pediatrics report about injuries from children accidentally falling out of windows, which found that children under age 4 were more likely to suffer head injuries and be hospitalized for their injuries than older children.

Organizations such as Safe Kids USA, the California Injury Prevention Network, and the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System offer information and tips on keeping kids safe. If you know of other resources, please list them here.

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