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Volume 9, Number 9—September 2003


Consumer Attitudes and Use of Antibiotics

Jodi Vanden Eng*, Ruthanne Marcus*Comments to Author , James L. Hadler†, Beth Imhoff‡, Duc J. Vugia§, Paul R. Cieslak¶, Elizabeth Zell‡, Valerie Deneen#, Katherine Gibbs McCombs**, Shelley M. Zansky††, Marguerite A. Hawkins‡‡, and Richard E. Besser‡
Author affiliations: *Connecticut Emerging Infections Program, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; †Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; ‡Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; §California Department of Health Services, Berkeley, California, USA; ¶Oregon Department of Human Services, Portland, Oregon, USA; #Minnesota Department of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; **Georgia Division of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ††New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA; ‡‡University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Table 2

Responses of 10,780 persons to survey items, FoodNet population survey, 1998–1999a

Survey item Yes/agree No/disagree Unsure % Yes
1. In the past 4 weeks, have you (has he/she) taken any antibiotic medicine? 1,255 9,485 N/A 12.0
2. When I have a cold, I should take antibiotics to prevent getting a more serious illness. 2,544 7,638 538 27.4
3. When I get a cold, antibiotics help me to get better more quickly. 3,053 6,758 896 32.2
4. By the time I am sick enough to talk to or visit a doctor because of a cold, I usually expect a prescription for antibiotics. 4,812 4,954 911 47.6
5. Are you aware of any health dangers to yourself or other people associated with taking antibiotics? 4,860 5,749 164 41.9

aValues are numbers of persons who answered the questions or statements. Percentages are based on weighted population data.

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