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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 4

Responses to questions about potential problems adhering to public health recommendations, by household income, and race/ethnicity*

Question
Total
Household income

Race/ethnicity
<$25K
$25–49.9K
$50–74.9K
>$75K
White (non-Hispanic)
Black (non-Hispanic)
Hispanic
All respondents
n = 1,697 n = 226 n = 366 n = 300 n = 501 n = 1,345 n = 133 n = 114
If public health officials recommended, would not be able to take care of sick household member for 7–10 d 
at home 13 19† 16† 6 6 12 19 15
Do not have someone who could care for you at home if you were sick
24
36‡
25§
22
15

23
34¶
20
If asked to stay home 7–10 d, likely that:
You or a member of your
 household might lose pay and 
 have money problems 48 57§ 58§ 49§ 35 43 68# 66#
You or a member of your 
 household might be unable to 
 get the health care or 
 prescription drugs that you 
 need 43 57‡ 43§ 38 35 41 52# 49
You or a member of your 
 household might lose your job 
 or business as a result of 
 having to stay home 27
41‡
30§
24§
14

20
41#
53#
Employed respondents
n = 1,101
n = 91
n = 224
n = 224
n = 406

n = 855
n = 87
n = 79
Would be a serious financial problem if had to stay home from work for 7–10 d 25 56‡ 29† 15 15 23 20 37#
Would be a serious financial problem if had to stay home from work for 1 mo 57 84‡ 69† 50§ 37 53 65# 68#
Would be a serious financial problem if had to stay home from work for 3 mo 76 93‡ 84† 71 64 74 76 88#
If had to stay home for 1 mo, would not be able to work from home for that long
69
85†
79§
71§
55

67
77
77
If you had to stay away from work, you:
Would still get paid 35 14 25 47** 51** 39†† 29 22
Would not get paid 42 64† 57† 30 18 41 48 55
Don’t know 22 22 18 22 23 20 22 23

*From the Harvard School of Public Health, Pandemic Influenza Survey, 2006. Numbers represent percentage responding “yes” to each question.
†Statistically higher proportion than $50–74.9K and >$75K.
‡Statistically higher proportion than $25–49.9K, $50–74.9K, and >$75K.
§Statistically higher proportion than >$75K.
¶Statistically higher proportion than whites and Hispanics.
#Statistically higher proportion than whites.
**Statistically higher proportion than <$25K and $25–49.9K.
††Statistically higher proportion than Hispanics.

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