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Influenza vaccine use reduces antibiotic use

Use of LAIV (live attenuated influenza virus) in healthy adults ages 18 to 65 reduced antibiotic use by 43% to 47%.

Nichol, Kristin L., April Lind, Karen L. Margolis, Maureen Murdoch, Rodney McFadden, et al. The Effectiveness of Vaccination Against Influenza in Healthy, Working Adults. NEJM. 1995; 333(14): 889-93. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199510053331401

Reference

Title
The Effectiveness of Vaccination Against Influenza in Healthy, Working Adults
Publication
NEJM
Publication Date
1995
Authors
Nichol, Kristin L., April Lind, Karen L. Margolis, Maureen Murdoch, Rodney McFadden, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 333, Issue 14
Pages
889-93
URL
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