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Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

Research

Employment and Compliance with Pandemic Influenza Mitigation Recommendations

Kelly D. BlakeComments to Author , Robert J. Blendon, and Kasisomayajula Viswanath
Author affiliations: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (K.D. Blake, R.J. Blendon, K. Viswanath); Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston (K.D. Blake, K. Viswanath)

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Table 2

Prevalence estimates for responses of 1,101 employed respondents (unadjusted), 2006 Harvard School of Public Health Pandemic Influenza Survey*

Variable No. responses % Yes % No % Don’t know
Outcome variables representing ability to comply with pandemic influenza mitigation recommendations
If you were asked to stay home for 7–10 days and avoid contact with anyone outside 
 your household, would you or someone in your household lose your job or business? 1,073 28 71 1
Would it become a serious financial problem if you stayed out of work for 7–10 days? 1,072 25 74 1
Would it become a serious financial problem if you stayed out of work for 1 month? 806† 42 55 2
Would it become a serious financial problem if you stayed out of work for 3 months?
464‡
45
51
4
Key predictor variables representing employment-related constraints on compliance
Unable to work from home for 1 month in the event of a serious outbreak 1,073 69 29 2
Would not be paid if kept from work because of a serious outbreak 1,071 42 35 22
Self-employed 1,072 16 84

*All estimates are weighted. Cell counts may not total 100% due to refused or missing responses. Sample size for each question varies due to refused and missing responses.
†Split sample; question asked only of those who responded “no” or “don’t know” to financial problems after 7–10 days.
‡Split sample; question asked only of those who responded “no” or “don’t know” to financial problems after 1 month.

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