Table 3

Behavioural responses to pandemic influenza (H1N1) 2009

"Over the past month, I have ... because of swine flu":

% (n) of positive responses


Washed my hands with soap and water more often than usual

48.3 (303)

Used alcoholic hand gel more than usual

37.6 (236)

Increased the amount I clean or disinfect things that I might touch, such as door knobs

31.1 (195)

Kept away from crowded places generally

8.6 (54)

Reduced the amount I use public transport

7.3 (46)

Deliberately cancelled or postponed a social event, such as meeting friends, eating out, or going to a sports event

6.2 (39)

Reduced the amount I go into shops

4.9 (31)

Kept one or more of my children out of school or pre-school

3.3 (21)


Seale et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2010 10:99   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-10-99

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