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The common cold, influenza, and immunity in post-pandemic times: lay representations of self and other among older people in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (English)In: Health, Culture and Society, ISSN 1551-7136, E-ISSN 1175-0928, Vol. 8, no 2, 46-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The need for new knowledge about lay representations of contagions, immunity, vaccination, common colds, and influenza has become clear after the A(H1N1) pandemic and the resulting challenges regarding pandemic preparedness. This article analyzes written responses from 67 persons, mostly women, to a semi-structured questionnaire about colds and the flu. Three themes are discussed: “Common cold and flus as ritualized experiences”, “Me, my body, and my immune defense”, and “Regulations of space, place, and behaviors.” Overall, the narratives were about trust, value, and respect in the body, in lived experiences, and in the capacity to ‘help’ and ‘nurture’ the immune system, but also about the feeling of powerlessness when perceiving inadequacies in other people’s parallel interpretations and actions. Pandemic preparedness policies need to acknowledge the multiple ‘immunity talk’ in the responses to create productive, ongoing relations with the ‘Other’, that rely on people’s trust and resilience, rather than on people´s fear.

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. Vol. 8, no 2, 46-59 p.
Keyword [en]
common cold, influenza, immune system, pandemics, Sweden
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Ethnology
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112459DOI: 10.5195/hcs.2015.200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-112459DiVA: diva2:877949
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Epidemics, Vaccination, and the Power of Narratives
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Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, 2012.0097
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2016-01-08Bibliographically approved

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