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Public Familiarity with and Knowledge about “Inhalation Anthrax”. % of adults, when asked about the term “inhalation anthrax,” saying…. Familiar* with it and believe it is “not contagious”. Familiar with it but believe it is “contagious”. “Not at all familiar” with it.

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Public Familiarity with and Knowledge about

“Inhalation Anthrax”

% of adults, when asked about the term “inhalation anthrax,” saying…

Familiar* with it and believe it is “not contagious”

Familiar with it but believe it is “contagious”

“Not at all familiar” with it

*Adults who say they are “very,” “somewhat” or “not very familiar” with the term “inhalation anthrax”

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Harvard Opinion Research Program, Harvard School of Public Health, December 9-28, 2009.

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Public Views on Whether They Would Go to a Dispensing Site to Get Antibiotic Pills for Themselves within 48 Hours of Confirmed Anthrax Cases

% of adults saying…

Very likely

Somewhat likely

Not very likely

Not at all likely

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Harvard Opinion Research Program, Harvard School of Public Health, December 9-28, 2009.

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Public Views on Whether They Would Start Taking Antibiotic Pills Right Away or Hold Onto Them

% of adults who are likely to go to dispensing site* saying they would be most likely to…

Start taking antibiotic pills right away

Hold onto antibiotic pills until they knew for sure they had truly been exposed

Hold on to antibiotic pills for foreseeable future

*n=975

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Harvard Opinion Research Program, Harvard School of Public Health, December 9-28, 2009.

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Top Reasons People May Not Go to a Dispensing Site within 48 hours to Get Antibiotic Pills

% of adults who are unlikely or only “somewhat likely” to go* saying “major reason”…

Worried that officials will not be able to control crowds

Worried about being exposed to anthrax

Worried that there would not be enough antibiotic pills

Worried about the safety of the antibiotic pills, including side effects

Would wait to get antibiotic pills until sure exposed to anthrax

Able to get antibiotic pills from doctor or someone else instead

*Among adults who would be unlikely or only somewhat likely to go to a dispensing site within 48 hours in order to get antibiotic pills for themselves or their children (n=355)

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Harvard Opinion Research Program, Harvard School of Public Health, December 9-28, 2009.