New CDC guidelines for children's antibiotics

Published: December 10, 2013
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New CDC guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking doctors to abide by three principles for antibiotics:

Determine the likelihood of an infection: Antibiotics should never be used for viral infections.

Always weigh benefits versus harms of antibiotics: Symptom reduction and prevention and complications should be weighed against the risk for side effects and drug resistance.

Implement accurate prescribing strategies: Select an appropriate antibiotic and an appropriate dose for the shortest duration required.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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