Teen pregnancy rates up slightly in Eau Claire County

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Teen pregnancy rates are up slightly in Eau Claire County compared to recent years, but still well below the national average.

Ten teens, ages 15-19, per 1,000, were pregnant last year. Nationally, that number was 20 out of 1,000.

While those numbers might seem low, the United States ranks pretty high for teen pregnancy for a developed country.

Health officials told News 18, while this problem physically affects very few – financially, it affects us all.

"We can spend anywhere between $9-28 billion on teen pregnancy because some of the detrimental downstream effects," said medical student, Kaylee Scott.  "There are a lot of things that can come out of it, in terms of having to spend more money on the criminal justice system, foster care, health care, lost tax revenue, things like that"

Scott said it’s important to talk with your teen about sex and contraceptives. 

Here are some tips:

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