Vaccines and Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

August 2017, VOLUME 140 / ISSUE 2

Vaccines and Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
Adam L. Hersh, Katherine E. Fleming-Dutra
… The Danish and American experiences demonstrate that vaccines combat antibiotic resistance through the direct effect of preventing diseases from antibiotic-resistant pathogens and likely also through the indirect effect of changing the way pediatric clinicians practice medicine. Vaccines have long been hailed as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Combined with other measures to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use, vaccines remain at the forefront of our tools for antibiotic stewardship and combating antibiotic resistance in the 21st century.