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Awareness Regarding Swine Flu Amongst Patients Attending Swine Flu OPD in a Tertiary Care Center in South Gujarat

Author(s): Shukla Deepak, Patel Sushil, Panchal Shaishav, Shah Naimesh, Sridharan Srivani, Prakash Patel

Journal: National Journal of Community Medicine
ISSN 0976-3325

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 103;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Swine flu | Awareness | Mode of spread

Swine flu is caused by novel Influenza A H1N1 virus that causes pandemic in the world within short period of time. Government of India had institute a series of preventive actions and efforts to improve the awareness of swine flu in general public. The aim of this study is to evaluate general awareness and attitude towards swine flu amongst the patients. This was a cross sectional study of 50 randomly selected patients who attended swine flu OPD in a tertiary center using pretested questionnaire. Among participants 86% were male and 14% were females with more than 90% having education above primary schooling level. Major source of information for swine flu was news paper(34%) and TV(29%). 90% of patients came for the first time to a public hospital for swine flu testing. Most of the patients were aware of the mode of spread and its prevention methods. Almost half of participants believed that it’s a deadly disease and movement of the people from the affected area should be restricted. The fear of pandemic was not able to crush peoples’ spirit for leading a good life and most of patients were ready to help prevent its spread.
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