Grundy County Health Department to hold free lead screenings in July

Grundy County Health Department Website

The Grundy County Health Department will hold free lead screening clinics for children aged 6 months to 5 years on July 11 and July 28.

Lead exposure occurs when a child comes in contact with lead by swallowing or breathing in lead or lead dust. After a child inhales or swallows lead, it quickly enters the blood.

Children can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources, including:

  • Paint in homes and buildings built before 1978
  • Water supplied through pipes or plumbing fixtures that contain lead
  • Soil contaminated with lead from exterior lead-based paint, car exhaust, or industrial factories
  • Some products such as toys and jewelry
  • Some imported foods and medicines
  • Certain jobs and hobbies

There is no safe level of lead in the blood. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect a child’s learning capacity, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. The effects of lead exposure can be permanent.

To make an appointment for your child, call 660/359-4196.