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Erratum To: Accounting for Behavioral Responses during a Flu Epidemic Using Home Television Viewing

  • Michael Springborn1Email author,
  • Gerardo Chowell2, 3, 4,
  • Matthew MacLachlan5 and
  • Eli P. Fenichel6
BMC Infectious DiseasesBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:474

Received: 22 August 2016

Accepted: 22 August 2016

Published: 5 September 2016

The original article was published in BMC Infectious Diseases 2015 15:21


After the publication of this work [1], we became aware of errors in the reported results in Table 1. A corrected version of this table appears below. The main error involved reporting results for the low SEL class in the high SEL class row, and vice versa. Other small errors in reported p-values in the final column of the table have also been corrected.
Table 1

Summary statistics for daily percentage deviation from the long-run mean ATV t ) for various demographic groups


statistics for Δ t within the intervention period (τ)




mean = 0 (p-value)

equal means within class (p - value)


[-1.4 %, 22.6 %]

13.6 %



age class


[-4.7 %, 46.2 %]

23.7 %




[-6.5 %, 21.8 %]

8.9 %


SEL class


[-3.5 %, 21.0 %]

11.3 %


low-med: 0. 06


[0.4 %, 32.1 %]

15.3 %


med-high: 0.40


[-0.4 %, 31.7 %]

17.5 %


low-high: <0.01

time of day


[-3.7 %, 30.7 %]

18.4 %




[-4.1 %, 17.0 %]

9.6 %


The only implication of correcting these errors for the results discussed in the paper is to strengthen rejection of one of the null hypotheses tested. In the original text we observed that, “During the intervention period, on average the high SEL group shows a response that is over 50 % greater than that of the low SEL group.” Furthermore we remarked that, “This difference is significant at the 5 % level.” This difference is in fact significant at the 1 % level. We regret the error.



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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Environmental Science & Policy, University of California, Davis, USA
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA
Mathematical, Computational & Modeling Sciences Center, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, USA
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, USA


  1. Springborn M, Chowell G, MacLachlan M, Fenichel EP. Accounting for behavioral responses during a flu epidemic using home television viewing. BMC Infect Dis. 2015;15(1):21.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar


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