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Indicator Report - Infant Mortality

Why Is This Important?

The infant death rate is an important measure of a nation's health and a worldwide indicator of health status and social well-being. It is a critical indicator of the health of a population. The top four causes of infant mortality in Utah include birth defects, medical conditions of the infants, conditions in the perinatal period (includes disorders related to short gestation or preterm birth and can reflect the overall state of maternal health, as well as the quality and accessibility of primary health care for pregnant women), and sudden unexpected infant death (formerly called Sudden Infant Death, now commonly referred to as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, or SUID; many of these are related to sleep environments which are unsafe for infants). These four causes historically account for the greatest number of infant deaths in Utah; their proportions fluctuate somewhat from year to year.

Infant Mortality: Deaths at Under 1 Year of Age, Utah and U.S., 1980-2012

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Data Notes

U.S. figures from NCHS Data Brief No. 120, April 2013.

U.S. rates for 2011 are preliminary figures from National Center for Health Statistics.

Data Sources

Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other Views


Number of infants who died before their first birthday (under 365 days), after being born alive, per 1,000 live births.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of infants who died prior to their first birthday.
Denominator: Number of live births.

Page Content Updated On 11/25/2013, Published on 12/10/2013
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Content updated: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:55:59 MST