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QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Reported Having a Severe Headache or Migraine in the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,§ United States, 2015


The figure above is a bar chart showing that, in 2015, 20.0% of women and 9.7% of men aged ≥18 years reported a severe headache or migraine in the past 3 months. Overall and for each age group, women aged ≥18 years were more likely than men to have had a severe headache or migraine in the past 3 months. For both sexes, report of a severe headache or migraine in the the past 3 months decreased with advancing age, from 11.0% among men aged 18–44 years to 3.4% among men aged ≥75 years and from 24.7% among women aged 18–44 years to 6.3% among women aged ≥75 years.

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Based on a positive response to the question “During the past 3 months, did you have a severe headache or migraine?”

§ 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 Adult component.

In 2015, 20.0% of women and 9.7% of men aged ≥18 years had a severe headache or migraine in the past 3 months. Overall and for each age group, women aged ≥18 years were more likely than men to have had a severe headache or migraine in the past 3 months. For both sexes, a report of a severe headache or migraine in the the past 3 months decreased with advancing age, from 11.0% among men aged 18–44 years to 3.4% among men aged ≥75 years and from 24.7% among women aged 18–44 years to 6.3% among women aged ≥75 years.
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2015. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm.


Reported by: Anjel Vahratian, PhD, AVahratian@cdc.gov, 301-458-4436.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Reported Having a Severe Headache or Migraine in the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:654. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6624a8.

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