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Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

Research

Household Responses to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009–related School Closures, Perth, Western Australia

Paul V. EfflerComments to Author , Dale Carcione, Carolien Giele, Gary K. Dowse, Leigh Goggin, and Donna B. Mak
Author affiliations: Associate Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (P.V. Effler); Department of Health, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (P.V. Effler, D. Carcione, C. Giele, G.K. Dowse, L. Goggin, D.B. Mak)

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Table 3

Household responses to survey regarding pandemic (H1N1) 2009–related school closures, Perth, Western Australia, 2009, June 8–14, 2009

Survey question, response No. (%) responses
Was school closure appropriate, and why or why not?*
Yes 110 (47)
To protect the community 84 (76)
To protect other students at the school 72 (66)
To protect my child and family 68 (62)
Swine flu illness is serious 31 (28)
No 76 (33)
Swine flu illness is mild 54 (71)
Cannot stop flu spread 50 (66)
Lost income due to missed work 18 (24)
Too difficult to make childcare arrangements 14 (18)
Not sure
47 (20)
What was the level of disruption to family routines caused by the closure?
Severe 32 (14)
Moderate 95 (41)
Minimal 87 (37)
None
19 (8)
What level of anxiety did the closure create in your child?
Severe 3 (1)
Moderate 20 (9)
Minimal 101 (43)
None
109 (47)
What could have helped you be bettered prepared for the school closure?*
Nothing, we were well prepared 104 (45)
More time between notification and closing 47 (20)
Assistance with emergency childcare arrangements 45 (19)
Better understanding of potential length of closure at outset 26 (11)

*Reasons for the individual responses were not mutually exclusive.

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