Most in U.S. Don't Trust

Government in Attack

Most Americans would not cooperate as officials would expect them to during a terrorism incident involving a smallpox or "dirty bomb" attack, researchers said yesterday.

A survey of 2,545 randomly selected adults found that people do not trust the government to take care of them in an attack and would take many matters into their own hands. Only two-fifths of those surveyed would follow instructions to go to a public vaccination site in a smallpox outbreak and only three-fifths would stay in a building other than their home after an explosion involving radioactive material, the study found.

More work with communities may improve emergency plans and yield better cooperation, researchers sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine found.

More People Being

Hospitalized With Flu

Influenza is sending more people to the hospital in the United States each year, and the flu season appears to be getting longer -- 12 weeks, up from eight weeks in 1979, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The increased hospital admissions -- now about 200,000 annually -- are partly because of an aging population, the CDC said.

Health Care for Young,

Old Called Inadequate

Most Americans do not think that children or the elderly are receiving adequate health care, and a clear majority think it is the government's job to pay for it, according to a survey.

Men and women, Republicans, Democrats and independents alike agree that the government needs to spend more not only to care for poor children and seniors, but also for all children and elderly people.

"Overall, we see that 59 percent of the population believes that the health care needs of children are not being met," said Marc Berk, vice president of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

The researchers telephoned 2,013 adults in June for the survey, published in the current issue of the journal Health Affairs.

-- From News Services