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Topic: Daily use of folic acid among women 18-45 years
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Daily use of folic acid among women 18-45 years: United States, 1995-2008

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• In 2008, 39.0% of women age 18-45 reported taking a vitamin containing folic acid daily in the United States. 
• Up to 70% of neural tube defects--birth defects of the brain and spinal cord--may be prevented if women consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, prior to and during the early weeks of conception. 


  • Nationally representative telephone surveys conducted by Gallup, targeting approximately 2000 English-speaking women ages 18-45 each year. Margin of error is +/- 3%.
  • Survey not conducted in 1996 and 1999.


  • March of Dimes Folic Acid Surveys, conducted by Gallup.
  • Retrieved November 29, 2015, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.