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Polls Show Americans Concerned About Swine Flu, Taking Actions to Protect Themselves
Date:5/6/2009

n help keep families healthy throughout the year."

The Red Cross and public experts have recommended that common sense and basic public health practices should be followed. These include covering your cough/sneeze with a tissue, frequent hand washing, visiting a doctor for flu-like symptoms and staying home when sick.

The survey did show that 11 percent said someone in the household had gone to work or school when they had the seasonal flu, and 22 percent indicated that they have gone to school or work within five days of having flu symptoms. Public health experts strongly advise people who are sick with the swine flu - or any other flu - to stay home from school or work in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Other survey findings include:

  • Two in five are misguided about flu shots as 39 percent incorrectly believe that a seasonal flu shot offers some protection from H1N1.
  • Information on teaching children to wash hands carefully is important to three quarters of the public.

The telephone survey of 1,004 U.S. adults 18 years and older was conducted May 1-4, 2009 by CARAVAN(R) Opinion Research Corporation. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.

About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.'/>"/>

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