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QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged <18 Years with Selected Allergies,* by White, Black, or Asian Race --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008§

The figure shows the percentage of children aged <18 years with selected allergies, by white, black, or Asian race in the United States in 2008. In 2008, white children aged <18 years were more likely to have hay fever (10.2%) than black children (7.9%) or Asian children (4.8%). White children also were more likely to have respiratory allergies (11.5%) than Asian children (7.9%). Black children were more likely to have skin allergies (14.9%) than white children (10.2%).

* Respondents were asked whether the child had any of the following conditions during the preceding 12 months: hay fever, any kind of respiratory allergy, any kind of food or digestive allergy, or eczema or any kind of skin allergy. A child might be included in more than one category.

Races shown are single race only. Other race categories are not shown because of small sample sizes.

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

95% confidence interval.

In 2008, white children aged <18 years were more likely to have hay fever (10.2%) than black children (7.9%) or Asian children (4.8%). White children also were more likely to have respiratory allergies (11.5%) than Asian children (7.9%). Black children were more likely to have skin allergies (14.9%) than white children (10.2%).

SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey, 2008 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Alternative Text: The figure above shows the percentage of children aged <18 years with selected allergies, by white, black, or Asian race in the United States in 2008. In 2008, white children aged <18 years were more likely to have hay fever (10.2%) than black children (7.9%) or Asian children (4.8%). White children also were more likely to have respiratory allergies (11.5%) than Asian children (7.9%). Black children were more likely to have skin allergies (14.9%) than white children (10.2%).

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Date last reviewed: 10/15/2009

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