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Times had middle ear infection, past 12 months

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For children under age five, EARINFYRNO reports the number of middle ear infections the child had in the past 12 months. The term "middle ear infection" was respondent defined, as a definition was not provided to the respondent and not given in the Field Representative's Manual. The inquiry did not specify that the ear infections had to be diagnosed by a doctor or other health care professional.

A similar variable, EARINFYR, whether the child had three or more ear infections during the past twelve months, is available for 1997 forward.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1991: Sample persons age 5 or under.


  • 1991