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The Pulse

Welcome to The Pulse, the blog of the National Poll on Children’s Health! We keep our finger on the public’s pulse when it comes to perceptions and priorities about major health issues for children. The Pulse is a place where you can find information on important child health topics and issues in-between our monthly reports – for an even more up-to-date reflection on kids’ health today. We look forward to exploring children’s health and health policy with you!

July 8, 2016
There’s no hard and fast rule about what age is the right age for tweens to start staying home alone, so we asked parents of children ages 9-12 what they think.
July 7, 2016
Girl sitting on examination table in hospital gown
HPV has been recommended for adolescent girls since 2007 and boys since 2011. But teens are less likely to get HPV vaccine than any other immunization recommended for adolescents.
June 30, 2016
baby sleeping
This final blog post for our National Safety Month series looks back at a 2011 NPCH Report about infants at risk in unsafe sleep settings.
June 29, 2016
Child getting vaccine
CDC recommends all children receive flu vaccine every year. Many parents and children prefer the nasal spray flu vaccine, but in June 2016 the CDC changed its recommendation because nasal spray flu vaccine was found to be less effective.
June 24, 2016
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked a national sample of adults about child health priorities that could be addressed by candidates for President this year.
June 17, 2016
Toy blocks that spell "VOTE"
Which children’s health topics should presidential candidates prioritize? We asked U.S. adults what they think.
June 16, 2016
Glass of powdered alcohol
This week’s blog for National Safety Month looks back at a 2015 NPCH Report about powdered alcohol.
June 9, 2016
Girl going down water slide
Continuing with our theme for National Safety Month, this week we focus on water park safety and prevention of recreational water illnesses.
June 2, 2016
Girls sharing earbuds
In honor of National Safety Month, we're highlighting some past NPCH Reports that focus on safety in a variety of child health topics. This week: hearing loss.
May 26, 2016
Girl getting her teeth cleaned
For many, access to dental care and high out-of-pocket costs remain barriers to good dental health.