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Percentage of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States that were unnecessary for acute respiratory conditions in 2015, by age*
Unnecessary antibiotic use for acute respiratory conditions in the U.S. 2015, by age
This statistic depicts the percentage of prescriptions for antibiotics in the United States that were unnecessary, for acute respiratory conditions, in 2015, by age. Among those aged 20-64 years with acute respiratory conditions, 70 percent of antibiotic prescriptions were unnecessary.
Percentage of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States that were unnecessary for acute respiratory conditions in 2015, by age*
Age groupPercentage of unnecessary prescriptions
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Source

Release date

October 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

2015

Supplementary notes

* Acute respiratory conditions included ear infections, sinus infections, sore throats, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, bronchiolitis, upper respiratory infections (i.e., common colds), influenza, asthma, allergy, and viral pneumonia.

Unnecessary antibiotic use for acute respiratory conditions in the U.S. 2015, by age
This statistic depicts the percentage of prescriptions for antibiotics in the United States that were unnecessary, for acute respiratory conditions, in 2015, by age. Among those aged 20-64 years with acute respiratory conditions, 70 percent of antibiotic prescriptions were unnecessary.
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