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Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Screening

Release Date: September 2015

Recommendation Summary

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Children ages 6 to 24 months

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for iron deficiency anemia in children ages 6 to 24 months.


Go to the Clinical Considerations section for suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

Literature scans conducted in June 2018 in MEDLINE and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews showed a lack of new evidence to support an updated systematic review on the topic at this time. See the Literature Surveillance Report under the Supporting Documents section of this webpage. 

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

Current as of: September 2015

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.

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