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CDC: Motor Vehicles & Falls Cause Most Child Injuries & Deaths

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

A new report released found that from 2001 to 2006 an estimated 55 million children were treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also notes that between 2000 and 2005, unintentional injuries resulted in over 70,000 deaths among children up to 19 years old.

Falls caused most of the non-fatal injuries, while most deaths were transportation-related. About 8-thousand deaths each year involved a motor vehicle occupant, pedestrian or pedal cyclist.

The report shows that an estimated 9.2 million children visited emergency departments for unintentional injuries every year. Overall boys were almost twice as likely to die as a result of unintentional injuries than girls.

More Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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