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Approximate number of years since respondent last had a flu vaccination


For all persons given the Diabetes Care Survey (DCS) and have been told they have diabetes, DIAFLUYRS indicates about how long it has been since the respondent had a flu shot.

Beginning in 2008, MEPS changed the way they asked about flu vaccinations on the DCS. Instead of asking for the approximate number of years it has been since a respondent's last flu shot, as captured by DIAFLUYRS, MEPS asked for the specific years in which the respondent had a flu vaccination (shot or nasal spray). This new question captures two methods of flu vaccination, as opposed to just the flu shot. For the full list of variables pertaining to when the respondent had a flu vaccination, please see DIAFLUNV.

DIAFLUYRS is one of a set of variables comprising the DCS, a supplemental, self-administered pencil-and-paper survey about how respondents treat their diabetes. For related variables and more information, please see DIACONF.

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This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 2005-2007: All persons ages 18+ who reported a diabetes diagnosis in the priority conditions section of the MEPS survey (DIABETICEV), and were given the Diabetes Care Survey (DCS), and reported in the DCS that they had been told by a doctor or other health professional they have diabetes or sugar diabetes (DCSDIABDX).


  • 2005-2007



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