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Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Dec;29(12):2294-301. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0474.

The vagaries of public support for government actions in case of a pandemic.

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Risk, Health, and Crisis Communication Research Unit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. khilyard@utk.edu

Abstract

Government health measures in a pandemic are effective only with strong support and compliance from the public. A survey of 1,583 US adults early in the 2009 H1N1 (swine influenza) pandemic shows surprisingly mixed support for possible government efforts to control the spread of the disease, with strong support for more extreme measures such as closing borders and weak support for more basic, and potentially more effective, policies such as encouraging sick people to stay home from work. The results highlight challenges that public health officials and policy makers must address in formulating strategies to respond to a pandemic before a more severe outbreak occurs.

PMID:
21134932
PMCID:
PMC3445335
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0474
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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