Measuring Up

The aim of this report is to highlight the surveillance of a limited number of important health outcomes of Canadian children and youth. The information in this report is the product of various national surveillance programs of the Laboratory Centre of Disease Control (LCDC), Health Canada.

The surveillance update is presented according to the following categories: infant health, childhood cancer, vaccine-preventable diseases, respiratory health, child injury, and HIV and sexual health. Each section presents an overview of the topic, followed by the key surveillance indicators that demonstrate its impact on the overall health of Canadian children and youth. Careful interpretation of the most recent available data, as well as a discussion of data limitations, accompanies each indicator. In addition to trends over time, where possible, international comparisons are highlighted. Finally, future developments in national child health surveillance by LCDC are presented.

Did You Know That :

In the 1996-1997 National Population Health Survey, asthma was reported in 12.2% of children and youth less than 20 years of age in Canada?

From 1990-1995, asthma was responsible for 6.7% of all hospitalizations for children and youth less than 20 years of age?

Worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death due to a single infectious agent?

Injuries are the leading cause of death among Canadian children and youth less than 20 years old?

For every injury-related death, there are 40 hospitalizations and a estimated 670 emergency room visits for treatment of injuries?

Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are a leading cause of injury death and hospitalization in children and youth?

Suicide follows motor vehicle crashes leading cause of injury death in both males and females aged 10-19 years?

Since 1991, chlamydia has been the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in Canada?

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