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Health Status of Children: Past and Present
Health status of children: Past and present

The health status of children in the United States varies, but most children today experience few lasting or significant illnesses as compared to children in the past. For most children today, childhood is a period of excellent or good health and one in which few children suffer significant abnormalities (Coiro, Zill, & Bloom, 1994; Roberts, 1973). Moreover, for most conditions, the state of child health in the United States has improved steadily over the past decades, partially because of advances in immunization programs, more stringent safety regulations, and advances in biomedical technology. Although this does not mean that children are never sick (in fact, most children experience bouts of minor illnesses, ranging ...

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