QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Who Had a Severe Headache or Migraine in the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2018†,§
Weekly / March 27, 2020 / 69(12);359
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* With 95% confidence intervals indicated by error bars.
† Based on a question in the Sample Adult Interview that asks “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.
In 2018, women were nearly twice as likely as men to have had a severe headache or migraine in the past 3 months (20.1% versus 10.6%), both overall and within each age group. The percentage of persons experiencing severe headache or migraine declined with age for both men and women, from 25.5% among those aged 18–44 years to 7.6% among those aged ≥75 years for women and from 12.3% among those aged 18–44 years to 4.0% among those aged ≥75 years for men.
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2018 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
Reported by: Sarah E. Lessem, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4209; Jacqueline Lucas, MPH.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Who Had a Severe Headache or Migraine in the Past 3 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:359. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6912a8external icon.
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