The results represent a big shift from a year ago when only one percent of respondents to a similar question reported being worried about avian or bird flu.
Both surveys were conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional. Some other key findings in the new survey were:
For working respondents, the top worry about getting the flu involved those closest to them, with a quarter saying that infecting friends and family was what bothered them most about getting the flu. Concern for the health of co-workers was minimal, with only five percent of employed respondents worried about passing germs to colleagues.
Forty percent of employees reported bringing their own cold and flu â€œsuppliesâ€ to work, such as facial tissue and waterless hand sanitizers. Eleven percent said they didnâ€™t have either at work, but wished their employers would provide these products.
When sick co-workers show up at the office, 46 percent of their colleagues say what theyâ€™d like to do most is send them packing.
The survey of 1,042 adults nationwide was conducted by telephone from October 7-10, 2005, by Opinion Research Corporation. Of those surveyed, 622 were employed either full or part-time outside the home.