Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

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;

Main Article

Table 3

Responses to questions about staying home from work during an influenza pandemic*†

Question Possible responses
Yes No Don't know/
refused to answer
Ever work from home† 27 73 <0.5
Would be a serious financial problem if had to stay home for work for 7–10 d† 25 74 1
Would be a serious financial problem if had to stay home for work for 1 mo† 57 41 2
Would be a serious financial problem if had to stay home for work for 3 mo† 76 22 2
If had to stay home for 1 mo, would be able to work from home for that long† 29 69 2
If had to stay home for 3 mo, would be able to work from home for that long†
19
78
3
Workplace has plan for outbreak of pandemic flu† 19 63 18
Includes encouraging sick to stay home 16
Provides information about flu 14
Provides information on what supplies to have at home 12
Includes expanding options to work from home
6


Would stay home if public health official said you should, even if employer told you to come to work† 57 35 9
Are you worried employer would make you go to work if sick during an outbreak† 22 77 2
Worried employer would make you go to work if sick during outbreak† 43 50 7
Would stay home if public health official said you should, even if employer told you to come to work† 57 35 9
If had to stay home from work, would still get paid† 35 42 22

*From the Harvard School of Public Health, Pandemic Influenza Survey, 2006. Numbers represent percentage of responses to each question.
†Among employed respondents (n = 1,101).

Main Article

TOP