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The Effect of Universal Influenza Immunization on Antibiotic Prescriptions: An Ecological Study

Jeffrey C. Kwong, Sarah Maaten, Ross E. G. Upshur, David M. Patrick and Fawziah Marra

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 49, issue 5, pages 750-756
Published in print September 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/605087
The Effect of Universal Influenza Immunization on Antibiotic Prescriptions: An Ecological Study

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The Canadian province of Ontario introduced universal influenza immunization in 2000, offering free vaccines to the entire population. We compared changes in rates of influenza-associated respiratory antibiotic prescriptions before and after universal immunization in Ontario with corresponding changes in other provinces. Universal influenza immunization is associated with reduced influenza-associated antibiotic prescriptions.

Journal Article.  2562 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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