In Vermont, injuries are the leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 44, and the fifth leading cause of death among persons of all ages.
Each year, more than 400 Vermonters die and thousands others are hospitalized due to injury.
Many of these deaths and injuries are preventable.
Knowing what to do if someone is choking or accidentally poisoned, and by properly using seat belts, smoke detectors, and bike helmets, are basic steps to help prevent many injuries.
Intentional and violent injuries are also a serious individual and public health concern. Tools, resources, and supports are availableto help stop violence before it starts, and for survivors, health care providers, loved ones, and bystanders who can help make a difference.
Falls Prevention Screenings
During Falls Prevention Awareness Week (September 23-30), we're partnering with Vermont Falls Free Coalition and the Vermont Emergency Medical Services System to offer screenings to help prevent falls in older adults.
Screening events will be held at senior meal sites around the state, where you can also learn about our free FallScape program.
The screenings are free. Lunch is available for $5.00.
- Sept. 23: Bennington - Bennington Café, 142 Pleasant St., 11:30-1:00
- Sept. 24: Rutland - Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., 11:30-1:00
- Sept. 28: Essex - Covenant Church, Whitcomb Meadows Lane, Noon-1:00
- Sept. 30: West Barnet - Presbyterian Church Fellowship Room, Noon-1:00
- Sept. 30: West Burke - Community Center, 212 School Street, Noon-1:00
- Children's Safety Network
- Concussions and other Head Injuries
- Fire Safety Vermont
- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Injury and Violence Prevention Program
Vermont Department of Health
PO Box 70, 108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402