Get Your Child Tested for Lead at These Jackson County Clinics

JACKSON COUNTY, MI – The Jackson County Health Department has scheduled two separate free clinics to help parents test children’s blood for lead.

Lead poisoning in children is a serious environmental health problem for young children and is entirely preventable, JCHD officials said. The health department continues to educate the community about the dangers of lead to increase screening of children at risk for lead poisoning.

The goal is to reduce incidents of lead poisoning among young children, especially those who live in areas at higher risk of lead exposure, such as older homes that may contain lead, officials said. JCHD officials.

“In our community, we must continue to identify and eliminate possible environmental pathways of lead exposure through housing, water and soil,” said Kristin Pluta, health officer. “Our primary route of exposure continues to be lead-based paint dust and chips in our homes.”

Clinic dates and times are 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 10 at the Health Department, 1715 Lansing Ave. No appointments will be scheduled between noon and 1 p.m. pm

An appointment is required for a test, with results and information ready before they depart. Appointments can be made by calling 517-768-2123.

Visitors will also receive a referral for confirmatory testing if required. These tests can only provide information about recent or ongoing exposure, officials said.

The only way to know if a child has been exposed to lead is to have them tested, officials said. Lead poisoning is a serious problem for infants and children under 6, as it could affect children for the rest of their lives, officials said.

Lead poisoning can cause learning problems, hearing or vision problems, coordination and fine motor problems, poor muscle and bone growth, and hyperactivity.

Finding the source of the lead is also important. If detected early, these problems can be reduced by decreasing exposure and working with the family to ensure the affected child eats well, officials said. This includes plenty of vitamin C, iron and calcium, officials said.

If an elevated level of lead is detected in a child’s blood, assistance from the health department can be provided, including nutrition education, proper cleaning techniques, and requesting the state for a home inspection for those who qualify, officials said.

For more information on testing, contact the Jackson County Health Department at 517-788-4420 or visit The JCHD website. Those interested in having their home inspected for lead can find this information at Michigan Lead Safety Program.

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