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Parents: How smart are you about antibiotics?

By: Claire McCarthy, M.D., Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Out of all the visits children make to health care providers, 1 in 5 result in a prescription http://for antibiotics. Thatís about 50 million prescriptions a year. But hereís the worrisome part: 10 million of those prescriptions are for respiratory illnesses that antibiotics arenít likely to help. Basically, 1 in 5 of those 50 million prescriptions shouldnít have been written in the first place. …

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