January 25, 2012

How Generation X Deals with Influenza

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A quarterly research report from the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, The Generation X Report, shows one in five adults in their late 30s received a flu shot during the 2009-2010 swine flu epidemic. Survey data was collected from 3,000 young adults from 36-39 years old during the 2009-2010 epidemic. The survey questions how the participants obtained their knowledge on the issue and what they did to protect themselves.

Author of the Generation X Report, Jon D. Miller, was quoted as saying, "These results suggest that young adults in Generation X did reasonably well in their first encounter with a major epidemic. Those with minor kids at home were at greatest risk, and they responded accordingly, with higher levels of awareness and concern."

Miller believes that health officials can deal more effectively with the next epidemic that might occur if they understand Generation X´s reactions to the first threat they had.

The participants that felt that they were "well informed" scored only "moderately well" on an Index of Influenza Knowledge, five items that test level of knowledge about viral infections in general and about the specific swine flu epidemic. Other findings include: young adults with kids follow the news as a source of information about influenza; young adults without kids were most likely to obtain information from friends, coworkers, or family members; and the most trusted source of information were physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.

"In the decades ahead, Generation X will encounter numerous other crises“¦They will have to acquire, organize, and make sense of emerging scientific and technical information, and the experience of coping with the swine flu epidemic suggests how they will meet that challenge," Miller was quoted as saying.

SOURCE: The Generation X Report, January 2012