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Had sunburn, past 12 months

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For sample adults, SUNBRNYR indicates whether they had a sunburn in the previous 12 months. SUNBRNYR was asked of sample children ages 14 to 17 in 2010.

The survey form directed interviewers to read if necessary, "By 'sunburn' we mean even a small part of [fill1: S.C. name]'s skin turns red or hurts for 12 hours or more. Also include burns from sunlamps and other indoor tanning devices."

For more information, please see SUN1HR.


While the basic meaning of this variable is completely comparable over time, major questionnaire changes introduced in 2019 may affect comparability with earlier years. The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.


  • 2010: Sample children age 14-17.
  • 2020: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2010, 2020