The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting the importance of clinical preventive services through a new report and online resources after finding low rates of screenings and other preventive care among children.

A Sept. 12 supplement to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) documents low rates of 11 key preventive services before implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To accompany the report, the CDC launched web pages including a prevention checklist.

Reflecting baseline data collected before 2012, the CDC report shows millions of pediatric patients had not received follow-up for failed newborn hearing screening; testing for blood lead level; screenings for vision and hypertension; formal developmental screening; preventive dental care; human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine; tobacco use screening and cessation assistance; chlamydia screening and reproductive health services. Prenatal breastfeeding counseling also was lacking.

The report, Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services to Improve the Health...

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