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Volume 14, Number 1—January 2008

Research

Telephone Survey to Assess Influenza-like Illness, United States, 2006

Joseph L. Malone*Comments to Author , Mohammad Madjid†, and S. Ward Casscells*‡
Author affiliations: *University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, USA; †Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas, USA; ‡St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA

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Table 3

Results of a national telephone survey of US adults at home (2006) regarding influenza-like illness, cats, and live chickens in the household*

Information and questionsSurvey date
24 Apr 2006
 (wk 17)16 May 2006
 (wk 20)06 Jun 2006
(wk 23)25 Jul 2006
(wk 30)15 Aug 2006
(wk 33)14 Sep 2006
(wk 37)12 Oct 2006
 (wk 41)
No. participants/no. surveyed (%)
1,039/1,209 (86)
1,036/1,200 (86)
1,068/1,205 (89)
1,031/1,200 (86)
1,048/1,214 (86)
1,001/1,210 (83)
1,045/1,211 (86)
No. participants who answered “yes” to the following (%)
“Do you have the flu?”41 (4)32 (3)30 (3)46 (5)23 (2)23 (2)35 (3)
“Do you have any cats?”379 (37)316 (30)298 (28)331 (32)354 (34)330 (33)330 (32)
“Do you have any chickens?”
21 (2)
15 (1)
39 (4)
44 (4)
18 (2)
14 (1)
33 (3)
Sex, no. participants/no. surveyed (%)
Male514/583 (88)491/578 (85)509/581 (88)492/578 (85)509/585 (87)492/583 (84)520/584 (89)
Female
525/626 (84)
545/662 (82)
558/624 (90)
539/622 (87)
539/629 (86)
509/627 (81)
526/627 (84)
Age, y, no. participants/no. surveyed (%)
18–29195/239 (82)186/237 (78)198/237 (83)188/236 (80)192/236 (81)207/236 (88)211/237 (89)
30–49418/477 (88)425/475 (90)438/474 (92)416/472 (88)422/472 (89)395/472 (84)416/474 (88)
50–64248/274 (90)247/273 (90)240/273 (88)250/271 (92)244/272 (90)227/272 (84)242/273 (89)
>65
165/203 (82)
169/202 (84)
176/200 (88)
165/201 (82)
164/201 (82)
153/201 (76)
153/201 (76)
Ethnicity, no. participants/no. surveyed (%)
White787/896 (88)763/878 (87)795/887 (89)765/879 (87)775/884 (88)733/884 (83)769/885 (87)
Hispanic96/119 (81)90/119 (76)107/120 (89)93/119 (78)104/120 (87)105/119 (88)101/120 (84)
African American106/131 (81)117/131 (89)115/132 (87)121/131 (92)103/131 (79)100/131 (76)116/132 (88)
Asian19/24 (79)21/24 (88)23/24 (96)20/24 (83)18/24 (75)19/24 (79)20/24 (83)
Other
19/24 (79)
33/36 (92)
24/36 (67)
24/36 (67)
33/36 (92)
30/36 (83)
27/36 (75)
Marital status and children, no. participants/no. surveyed (%)
Married594/676 (88)556/654 (85)582/651 (89)576/644 (89)567/656 (86)597/688 (87)606/702 (86)
Children in home
336/385 (87)
334/385 (87)
406/442 (92)
351/393 (89)
343/389 (88)
NA
NA
Home locale, no. participants/no. surveyed (%)
Large city259/292 (89)285/322 (89)286/326 (88)262/313 (84)267/292 (91)273/332 (82)296/341 (87)
Small city270/342 (79)300/355 (85)265/317 (84)281/343 (82)280/332 (84)310/382 (81)282/327 (86)
Suburb230/259 (89)161/186 (87)223/231 (97)211/235 (90)171/203 (84)182/213 (85)205/228 (90)
Rural
270/312 (87)
279/325 (86)
283/319 (89)
262/290 (90)
327/380 (86)
232/275 (84)
257/302 (85)
Region, no. participants/no. surveyed (%)
East244/278 (88)242/276 (88)250/277 (90)239/276 (87)243/279 (87)234/278 (84)239/279 (86)
South263/314 (84)278/312 (89)262/313 (84)274/312 (88)266/316 (84)284/315 (90)276/315 (88)
Central328/375 (88)324/372 (87)325/374 (87)324/372 (87)318/376 (85)277/375 (74)323/375 (86)
West
204/242 (84)
192/240 (80)
231/241 (96)
194/240 (81)
220/243 (91)
206/242 (85)
207/242 (86)
Education, no. participants/no. surveyed (%)
Less than high school345/52 (87)213/240 (89)178/240 (74)191/240 (80)210/242 (87)180/241 (75)205/242 (85)
High school graduate221/265 (84)266/335 (79)304/336 (90)279/336 (83)285/339 (84)273/338 (81)297/339 (88)
Some college306/356 (86)250/276 (91)259/276 (94)242/276 (88)236/278 (85)238/278 (86)241/278 (87)
More than college466/534 (87)305/347 (88)323/348 (93)318/348 (91)314/351 (90)308/350 (88)300/351 (86)

*Data regarding annual income available from authors upon request. NA, not available.

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