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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of respondents (n = 252)

From: A cross-sectional study of pandemic influenza health literacy and the effect of a public health campaign

Characteristic Frequency % 95% CI
Female 121 48.0 41.7–54.4
Males 132 52.0 45.8–58.2
Place of birth
Australia 150 59.5 53.1–65.6
Other countries1 88 34.9 29.1–41.2
Language spoken at home
English only 206 81.7 76.3–86.2
Language other than English 31 12.3 8.6–17.2
English and another main language 2 7 2.8 1.2–5.9
Did not answer 8 3.2 1.5–6.4
Highest Educational attainment
None 1 0.4 0.0–2.5
Primary 3 1.2 0.3–3.7
Secondary 94 37.7 31.8–44.0
Tertiary 134 55.9 49.5–62.1
Did not answer 12 4.8 2.6–8.4
Living arrangements 3
Partner 124 49.2 42.9–55.5
Children 71 28.2 22.8–34.3
Other family 40 15.9 11.7–21.1
Friends 39 15.5 11.3–20.7
Live alone 34 13.5 9.7–18.5
Did not answer 11 4.4 2.3–8.0
Having school aged children
Yes 62 28.2 22.8–34.3
No 180 67.4 61.2–73.1
Did not answer 10 4.4 2.3–7.9
Employment status
Full time 111 44.0 37.8–50.4
Student 41 16.3 12.1–21.6
Part time 36 14.3 10.3–19.4
Retired 28 11.1 7.6–15.8
Casual 26 10.3 7.0–14.9
Other 4 12 4.8 2.6–8.4
Unemployed 9 3.6 1.8–7.0
Can work from home 5
Yes 46 18.3 13.8–23.8
No 131 52.0 45.7–58.3
Do not work 55 21.8 17.0–27.5
Did not answer 20 7.9 5.0–12.1
Internet Use
At least once a week 180 71.4 65.3–76.8
Less often than once per week 61 24.2 19.1–30.1
Did not answer 11 4.4 2.1–7.6
Status (N = 133)
Patient 65 48.9 42.6–55.2
Visitor 55 41.4 35.3–47.8
Volunteer 3 2.3 1.0–5.3
Non-clinical hospital staff 5 3.8 1.9–7.2
Tourist 6 5 3.8 1.9–7.2
Contracted pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza
Throat swab confirmed 2 0.8 0.1–3.2
Doctor confirmed on clinical basis 9 3.6 1.8–7.0
Participant thought so based on symptoms 10 4.0 2.1–7.4
No 211 83.7 78.4–87.9
Unsure or did not answer 20 7.9 5.0–12.1
  1. 1Other main countries: United Kingdom, India, China.
  2. 2Other languages – Chinese, Pilipino, Greek, Maltese, Lebanese.
  3. 3Adds to greater than 100% as participants were allowed to answer yes to more than one question.
  4. 4 Pensioner, self employed.
  5. 5Willing to work from home as a percentage of those employed = 23.4%.
  6. 6On a short stay visit to Australia: were not present in Australia during the pandemic period in 2009, nor will be present for the winter season in Australia in 2010.