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Volume 14, Number 5—May 2008

Policy Review

Public Response to Community Mitigation Measures for Pandemic Influenza

Robert J. Blendon*Comments to Author , Lisa M. Koonin†, John M. Benson*, Martin S. Cetron†, William E. Pollard†, Elizabeth W. Mitchell†, Kathleen J. Weldon*, and Melissa J. Herrmann‡
Author affiliations: *Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡International Communications Research, Media, Pennsylvania, USA;

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Table 2

Responses to questions about school closings during an influenza pandemic*

Question Possible responses
Yes No Don't know/
refused to answer
If schools/daycare closed for 1 mo, could arrange care so that at least 1 employed adult in household could go to work† 93 5 2
If schools/daycare closed for 3 mo, could arrange care so that at least 1 employed adult in household could go to work† 86 11 3
If schools/daycare closed for 1 mo, at least 1 employed person would have to stay home from work†
60
37
3
Among those who could arrange care so that at least 1 adult in household could go to work if schools closed for 1 mo:
If schools were closed for 3 mo, would be willing to give school lessons at 
 home‡ 95 5 <0.5
Would need help giving school lessons at home
47
53
<0.5
If schools and daycare closed for 1 mo would be able to work from home and take care of children§ 25 72 3
If public health officials recommended, could keep children from taking public transportation, going to public events and gathering outside home while schools closed for 3 mo‡
85
13
2
A lot/some
Little/none
Don't know/
refused to answer
Would need outside help with problems of having to keep children at home† 35 64 1
Children in household get free breakfast or lunch at school or daycare¶ 25 74 1
If school/daycare closed for 3 mo, would be problem that children could not get free meals¶ 8 91 1

*From the Harvard School of Public Health, Pandemic Influenza Survey, 2006. Numbers represent percentage of responses to each question.
†Among respondents who have major responsibility for children <5 y in daycare or children 5–17 y in household and have at least 1 working adult in household (n = 634).
‡Among respondents with major responsibility for children 5–17 y in household (n = 610).
§Among employed respondents who have major responsibility for children <5 y in daycare or children 5–17 y in household (n = 537)
¶Among respondents who have major responsibility for children <5 y in daycare or children 5–17 y in household (n = 664).

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