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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 6

Responses to questions about potential problems adhering to public health recommendations by health, chronic illness, and disability status*

Question Total 
(n = 1,697) Health status
Fair/poor 
(n = 196) Excellent/very good/good 
(n = 1,481) Chronic illness
Disabled
Yes 
(n = 355) No 
(n = 1,317) Yes 
(n = 323) No
(n = 1,354)
If public health officials recommended, would not be able to take care of sick household member for 7–10 d at home 13 25† 11 16 12 21‡ 10
Do not have someone who could care for you at home if you were sick
24
34†
23

32§
22

33‡
22
If asked to stay home 7–10 days, likely that:
You or a member of your 
 household might lose pay and 
 have money problems 48 55 48 47 49 49 48
You or a member of your 
 household might be unable to get 
 the health care or prescription 
 drugs that you need 43 55† 40 50§ 40 48 41
You or a member of your 
 household might lose your job or 
 business as a result of having to 
 stay home 27 38† 25 24 28 31 26

*From the Harvard School of Public Health, Pandemic Influenza Survey, 2006. Numbers represent percentage of responses to each question.
†Statistically higher proportion than Excellent/very good/good health status.
‡Statistically higher proportion than those who are not disabled.
§Statistically higher proportion than those who do not have a chronic illness.

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