CDC report finds young Americans did not receive key preventative medical services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday that millions of current infants, children and adolescents in the U.S. did not receive key clinical preventative services.

The study was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement.

The CDC classifies clinical preventative services as medical or dental care that supports healthy development. The report focused on 11 separate services, including prenatal breastfeeding counseling, leads screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

The results of the study showed that in 2007, parents of 79 percent of children aged 10-47 months reported that they were not asked by healthcare providers to complete a full screening for developmental delays in the past year. In 2009, 56 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. did not see a dentist in the past year.

Other findings included that in 2011, 47 percent of young women aged 13-17 years did not receive their first recommended dose of HPV vaccine.

Health experts called on both parents and healthcare providers to improve services for children.

"We must protect the health of all children and ensure that they receive recommended screenings and services," Stuart Shapira, the chief medical officer and associate director for science in the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said. "Together, parents and the public health and healthcare communities can work to ensure that children have health insurance and receive vital preventive services."