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QuickStats: Estimated Percentage of Students Who Missed School During the Preceding 12 Months Because of Illness or Injury,* by Number of Days Missed --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006

* Among students aged 5--17 years. Based on response to the question, "During the past 12 months, that is, since [reference date 12 months ago], about how many days did [name of sample child] miss school because of illness or injury?"

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population.

In 2006, an estimated 29% of students aged 5--17 years never missed a day of school during the preceding 12 months because of illness or injury. The majority (56%) missed 1--5 days, 10% missed 6--10 days, and 5% missed >11 days of school.

SOURCE: Bloom B, Cohen RA. Summary health statistics for U.S. children: National Health Interview Survey, 2006. Vital Health Stat 2007;10(234). Available at

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Date last reviewed: 9/19/2007




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