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Volume 16, Number 8—August 2010

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Household Effects of School Closure during Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, Pennsylvania, USA

Thomas L. GiftComments to Author , Rakhee S. Palekar, Samir V. Sodha, Charlotte K. Kent, Ryan P. Fagan, W. Roodly Archer, Paul J. Edelson, Tiffany Marchbanks, Achuyt Bhattarai, David Swerdlow, Stephen Ostroff, Martin I. Meltzer, and for the Pennsylvania H1N1 Working Group
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (T.L. Gift, R.S. Palekar, S.V. Sodha, C.K. Kent, R.P. Fagan, W.R. Archer, P.J. Edelson, A. Bhattarai, D. Swerdlow, M.I. Meltzer); Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA (T. Marchbanks, S. Ostroff)

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Table 1

Demographic variables of households affected by school closure during pandemic (H1N1) 2009, Pennsylvania, USA*

Variable No. (%) households†
No. adults (>18 y)
1 25 (11.7)
2 157 (73.4)
>2
32 (15.0)
No. children (<18 y)
1 44 (20.6)
2 92 (43.0)
3 53 (24.8)
>3
25 (11.7)
Households with >1 adult with ILI 34 (15.9)
Households with >1 child with ILI 88 (41.1)
Households with the oldest student with ILI
67 (31.3)
Household income (US$)
0–29,999 27 (12.6)
30,000-59,999 65 (30.4)
60,000–89,999 51 (23.8)
>90,000 42 (19.6)
Don’t know/refused/missing
29 (13.6)
No. wage earners
1 64 (29.9)
2 135 (63.1)
>3 12 (5.6)
Don’t know/refused/missing
3(1.4)
Time adult in household missed work to watch oldest student, d
0 168 (78.5)
1 13 (6.1)
2 7 (3.3)
3 4 (1.9)
4 4 (1.9)
5
18 (8.4)
% Adults in household who work
33 5 (2.3)
40 1 (0.5)
50 44 (20.6)
67 16 (7.5)
75 3 (1.4)
100 142 (66.4)
Don’t know/refused/missing 3 (1.4)

*ILI, influenza-like illness.
†Categories are mutually exclusive and exhaustive, but percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

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1Members of the Pennsylvania H1N1 Working Group are listed at the end of this article.

1Members of the Pennsylvania H1N1 Working Group: from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, W. Roodly Archer, Frederick J. Angulo, John Beltrami, Achuyt Bhattarai, Paul J. Edelson, Ryan P. Fagan, Anthony Fiore, Thomas L. Gift, George S. Han, Charlotte K. Kent, Rebecca Leap, Amanda M. McWhorter, Martin I. Meltzer, Michael D. Nguyen, Benjamin L. Nygren, Rakhee S. Palekar; and from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Phyllis Britz, Brent Ennis, James Lute, Tiffany Marchbanks, Maria Moll, Steven Ostroff, Owen Simwale.

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