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CDC updates National Health Interview Survey data

Posted on June 21, 2012 | No Comments

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) updated estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and presented estimates from 1997 through 2010 for comparison in an early release of data from the National Health Interview Survey. The 15 measures included in the present report are: 1) lack of health insurance coverage and type of coverage, 2) having a usual place to go for medical care, 3) obtaining needed medical care, 4) receipt of influenza vaccination, 5) receipt of pneumococcal vaccination, 6) obesity, 7) leisure-time physical activity, 8) current smoking, 9) alcohol consumption, 10) human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, 11) general health status, 12) personal care needs, 13) serious psychological distress, 14) diagnosed diabetes, and 15) asthma episodes and current asthma.

According to the data, Americans are exercising more, smoking less and getting vaccinated against pneumonia. Because of the Affordable Care Act, fewer people are uninsured. Obesity and diabetes trends are rising on a steep incline, however. Only 2.4 percent of Americans rated their personal health as poor. For 6.5 percent of Americans, cost kept them from seeking needed medical care.

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