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QuickStats: Percentage of Children with Selected Allergies,* by Age Group --- United States, 2003--2005

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* Based on parental responses to the following survey questions: "During the past 12 months, has [child's name] had any of the following conditions...Hay fever? Any kind of food or digestive allergy? Eczema or any kind of skin allergy?"

95% confidence interval.

During 2003--2005, the percentage of children with hay fever increased with age; children aged 10--17 years were nearly three times as likely to have hay fever than children aged 0--4 years. In contrast, the percentage of children with skin allergies decreased with age, and the percentage of children with food allergies did not vary with age.

SOURCE: Health data for all ages. National Health Interview Survey, 2003--2005. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. Available at http://209.217.72.34/hdaa/tableviewer/tableview.aspx?reportId=186.



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