Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding Swine Flu among adult population

  • Harjot Kaur
  • Tanvir Kaur Sidhu
  • Parampal Singh Coonar

Abstract

Introduction: Prevention is the most appropriate measure to control H1N1 flu pandemic and awareness of H1N1 flu is ranked very high in preventive measures. Keeping this in view, study was designed to assess the awareness level and to compare it among urban and rural participants. Aims and objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practices regarding swine flu among adult population, to assess whether there is any difference among rural and urban population and to assess the response generated by the media coverage and the Government efforts.Methods: This cross-sectional study was done from April to July 2015 on 300 houses from the urban area and 150 houses from rural area, chosen from study population by random sampling. Mean and standard deviation for continuous variables and percentages for categorical were calculated. Results: 94% of urban and 91.3% of the rural participants had previously heard about swine flu, main source being TV. 46% of urban and 74% of rural participants had myth about spread of swine flu by eating pork. 41.3% of urban and 8.7% of rural population thought that government measures are sufficient for controlling swine flu. Conclusion: Knowledge regarding swine flu pandemic is good among study participants but role of health care providers is minimal and requires more dedicated effort. Lack of awareness among study population regarding some key focus areas like health promoting habits, vaccination and myths regarding the spread is of serious concern and needs to be addressed by the media, health workers and the Government efforts

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Published
2015-09-30
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Kaur H, Sidhu T, Coonar P. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding Swine Flu among adult population. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 30Sep.2015 [cited 14Oct.2019];27(3):402-10. Available from: http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/593
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Short Article