Teaching parents (and physicians) about the consequences of the overuse of antibiotics is making a difference. In a study published in the July 2001 issue of Pediatrics, researchers found that among children whose parents had attended a class about antibiotic overuse, antibiotic use fell by 19% over 2 years. And even among those who did not attend any special class, antibiotic use fell by 12%.
There are still tens of millions of unnecessary (and therefore harmful) antibiotic prescriptions written each year – most of them for children. But getting the word out is proven to make a difference!
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