Public Response to Community Mitigation Measures for Pandemic Influenza
Published Date:May 2008
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 14(5):778-786.
Attitudes And Practices
Communicable Disease Control
Interviews As Topic
Patient Acceptance Of Health Care
Public Opinion Polls
Description:We report the results of a national survey conducted to help public health officials understand the public's response to community mitigation interventions for a severe outbreak of pandemic influenza. Survey results suggest that if community mitigation measures are instituted, most respondents would comply with recommendations but would be challenged to do so if their income or job were severely compromised. The results also indicate that community mitigation measures could cause problems for persons with lower incomes and for racial and ethnic minorities. Twenty-four percent of respondents said that they would not have anyone available to take care of them if they became sick with pandemic influenza. Given these results, planning and public engagement will be needed to encourage the public to be prepared.
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