Lead poisoning is a risk due to exposure of children under age 6, most typically due to

hand-mouth behavior and inhalation of particles from living in houses built before 1978 when lead paint was used.  The cracking, peeling paint chips and dust from opening and closing windows is the most common exposure source.  Elevated lead levels can result in developmental delays and if not treated can result in brain damage.  

Fulton County Public Health operates a lead testing clinic once a month at our office for those children with no insurance..  

The majority of children, however, receive a prescription from their family physician and have the test done at a local hospital laboratory.  The tests are provided to all children age 6 months up to 6 years of age.  

The results are sent to Fulton County Public Health for follow-up and risk reduction education.  



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