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QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged 5--17 Years Who Missed No Days of School Because of Illness or Injury During the Preceding 12 Months,* by Race --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007§

In 2007, an estimated three out of 10 U.S. school children (aged 5--17 years) did not miss a day of school because of 
illness or injury during the preceding 12 months. Asian children were less likely to miss school days because of illness or injury 
than black children, white children, or American Indian/Alaska Native children. Approximately 4% of children missed 11 or 
more days of school

* In response to the question, "During the past 12 months about how many days did (child's name) miss school because of illness or injury?"

Limited to persons who indicated only a single racial group.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews with a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample child component. Estimates were age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using age groups 0--4 years, 5--11 years, and 12--17 years.

95% confidence interval.

** Includes children of single racial groups not otherwise listed because of small sample size.

In 2007, an estimated three out of 10 U.S. school children (aged 5--17 years) did not miss a day of school because of illness or injury during the preceding 12 months. Asian children were less likely to miss school days because of illness or injury than black children, white children, or American Indian/Alaska Native children. Approximately 4% of children missed 11 or more days of school.

SOURCE: Bloom B, Cohen R, Freeman G. Summary health statistics for U.S. children: National Health Interview Survey, 2007, Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 239. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2008. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_239.pdf

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Date last reviewed: 10/29/2008

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