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Had asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or TB, past year

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This variable reports if the respondent had asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or tuberculosis in past year. The 1995 Field Representative's Manual did not provide a definition for these conditions, and the question did not specify the condition had to be diagnosed by a doctor.


It was included as part of the Year 2000 Objectives, in the Clinical and Preventive Services section. The Manual notes that this section was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, National Immunization Program included to provide data on people with high risk conditions "which may compromise the immune system [and] who should get influenza and/or pneumococcal


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1995: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement).


  • 1995