Berendes, D., Andujar, A., Barrios, L., & Hill, V. (2019, March 08). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Retrieved March 13, 2019.

CDC researchers found that children from households with annual incomes below $35,000 or who lived below the federal poverty level had a higher risk of developing gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, but they had reduced odds of missing school, compared with those from higher-income households. The findings in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, based on 2010 to 2016 survey data involving youths ages 5 to 17, also showed that among those who did miss school, children from low-income families had longer absences than children from higher-income households.

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