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*

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Release date

October 2017


United States

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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.

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