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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!

February 25, 2016
Child receiving a flu shot
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents to compare flu vaccine to other vaccines recommended during childhood.
February 19, 2016
How do parents perceive the flu vaccine versus other childhood vaccines?
February 18, 2016
Boy brushing a set of model teeth
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. In a 2011 NPCH Report, more than half of parents said their children under the age of 3 had not yet seen a dentist.
February 11, 2016
Baby getting a shot
Following the 2014 measles outbreak, our July 2015 NPCH Report found that 34% of parents think vaccines have more benefit than they did one year ago.
February 4, 2016
Our 2015 Annual Report is now available. This brief report shows some of last year's highlights, media coverage, and outreach to legislators and other organizations.
January 28, 2016
Child getting lunch at school
Since the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was implemented in 2012, students eat fewer calories, healthier foods in school lunches.
January 21, 2016
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents and their teens about limits placed on driving circumstances that can increase a teen driver's risk of a crash.
January 15, 2016
Teen Driving Restrictions
What kinds of limits do parents set on their teen drivers – and what kinds of limits do teens themselves say they have?
January 14, 2016
Girl being bullied in class by other girls
Bullying can lead to many health concerns in children and a recent study suggests that bullying can lead to mental health issues that might follow a child into adulthood.
December 31, 2015
It’s been an exciting year of research for the National Poll on Children’s Health. As 2015 comes to a close, we take a look back on some of our most popular reports from this year.