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Child Health

Data are for the U.S.

Health status

  • Percent of school-aged children 5-11 years of age who are in excellent or very good health: 82.9%
  • Percent of school-aged children 5-11 years of age who missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness or injury: 2.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, tables 6, 8 [PDF - 711 KB]

Health risk factors: Obesity

  • Percent of children 6-11 years of age who are obese: 18.0% (2009-2010)

Source: Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2009–2010

Children without health insurance

  • Percent of children under 18 years of age without health insurance: 6.6%

Source: Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, data table for figure 1.2

Children without health care

  • Percent of children under 18 years of age without a usual source of health care: 3.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 10 [PDF - 697 KB]

Mortality

1-4 years of age

  • Number of deaths: 4,246
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 26.3

5-14 years of age

  • Number of deaths: 5,401
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 13.2

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2011, tables 10, 11 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Leading causes of death

1-4 years of age

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities

5-14 years of age

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Cancer
  • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities

Source: Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010, table 1 [PDF - 4.2 MB]

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