Table 1

Statements concerning the seriousness of H1N1

Statements

N

(%)


Infection and mortality rates

836

42.7


Outbreaks, pandemics, the quick spread of the virus or an inability to contain it

221

11.3


Statements meant to calm any panic and reassure the viewer

151

7.7


Statements concerning particular risk groups (e.g. pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions etc.)

145

7.4


Comparisons with other viruses (e.g. SARS, seasonal flu, 1918 pandemic)

135

6.8


Containment measures (e.g. border control, quarantine, school closures, sporting cancellations)

101

5.1


Government Pandemic Preparedness Plan

86

4.4


Changes to WHO or Australian government alert levels

76

3.9


Vulnerability to H1N1 (e.g. lack of immunity, called 'potentially deadly virus', everybody at risk)

64

3.3


Vaccine (e.g. need for a vaccine, testing and rollout of vaccine)

61

3.1


Testing and diagnosis of H1N1 strain

58

3.0


Other

24

1.2


TOTAL

1,958

100.0


Fogarty et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11:181   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-181

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