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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Children 1-4 Years Old

The deaths of children present a public health concern and an opportunity for prevention. The leading cause of death for children of all ages is injury. These deaths are, for the most part, preventable.


Numerator: Total number of deaths among persons aged 1-4 years. Denominator: Number of persons aged 1-4 years in the population.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths among persons aged 1 through 4 years


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Healthy People Objective: Reduce the rate of child deaths: Children aged 1 to 4 years

U.S. Target: 26.5 deaths per 100,000 population

How Are We Doing?

Approximately 80 children ages 1-4 years die in New Jersey each year. The leading causes of death among children aged 1-4 years are unintentional injury, cancer, and birth defects.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The death rate among New Jersey residents aged 1-4 years is significantly lower than the national rate and has been below the national Healthy People 2020 target of 26.5 deaths per 100,000 population for well over a decade.

What Is Being Done?

[ Safe Kids Worldwide] is a nonprofit organization working to protect kids on the move, at home, and at play. SAFE KIDS New Jersey: [] or 732-524-3864
Page Content Updated On 07/20/2017, Published on 07/20/2017
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Content updated: Fri, 9 Feb 2018 05:01:06 EST