Protecting Children from Lead Exposure
Why it Matters: In Flint, use a water filter or bottled water until the water is declared safe for drinking without a filter. However, children can ingest lead in other ways. There are resources to help parents identify and prevent lead poisoning for their children. The U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has information about lead in the environment.
The EPA also has information on protecting your family from exposure to lead.
The U.S. Government’s Center for Disease Control has information on protecting children from lead exposure.
Michigan has a program to help make homes and families lead safe.
Genesee County has information on preventing lead poisoning.
Children's Blood Lead Level Testing
Why it Matters: Blood lead level is checked with a blood sample or finger prick test. The blood sample is the most reliable test. The blood sample is taken from a vein using a needle. This type of test is called a “venous test” because the blood comes from a vein.
The finger prick test is faster but not as reliable as a venous test. For this test, the child’s finger is pricked and a drop of blood is tested. The blood for a finger prick comes from capillaries. Positive tests for lead by a finger prick should normally be confirmed by a venous test.
How to Get Blood Lead Level Tested
Children ages 0-7 can get their blood lead level tested at community clinics or at the Genesee County Health Department Burton Health Center G-3373 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, Michigan 48529. Phone: (810) 257-3833. Hours are 8-11 am and 1-3 pm, Monday through Friday. Hours may vary; parents should call 810-257-3833 for information. A parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of service
Adults ages 18 can get their blood lead level tested at the Genesee County Health Department located at 6:30. S. Saginaw St. Suite 4, Flint 48502.
Hours are 8-11 am and 1-4 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; Tuesday hours are 1-4 pm.
Flint Cares provides information on lead testing.