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Table 4 Perceptions of government and media during pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza (n = 252)

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

  Government (%) Media (%)
  Frequency % 95% CI Frequency % 95% CI
Information provided during the pandemic       
Very clear and specific or somewhat clear and specific 112 44.4 38.2–50.8 112 44.4 38.2–50.8
Neutral 61 24.2 19.1–30.1 60 23.9 18.9–29.7
Somewhat unclear and confusing or very unclear and confusing 59 23.4 18.4–29.2 60 23.9 18.9–29.7
Threat communication about the pandemic       
Over-exaggerated or mildly exaggerated the threat 100 39.7 33.7–46.1 146 57.9 51.5–64.0
Neutral 103 40.9 34.8–47.3 72 28.6 23.2–34.7
Mildly downgraded or overall downgraded the seriousness of the situation 28 11.1 7.6–15.8 13 5.2 2.9–8.9