Table 1Prevalence of iron deficiency anemia in selected populations - United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination surveys, 1988-1994 and 1999-2000*

Sex /Age group (yrs)1988-19941999-2000
No.%(95% CI)No.%(95% CI)
Both sexes
1–213393(2–4)3192 (0–4)
50–6920342(1–3)6113 (0.5–5)
≥ 7016302(1–3)3941 (0–2)

Data from MMWR 2002. 10


All racial/ethnic groups.

Confidence interval.

Unreliable; relative standard error (i.e., standard error/prevalence estimate) is > 30%.


Non-pregnant only.

From: 2, Background

Cover of Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Childhood and Pregnancy
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Childhood and Pregnancy: Update of the 1996 U.S. Preventive Task Force Review [Internet].
Evidence Syntheses, No. 40.
Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center.

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