Primary Care Can Help Restore US Antibiotic Stewardship, Starting with Flu Shots
"If people land in the hospital with severe flu, one of the leading causes of death in those patients is a MRSA bacterial superinfection." But, "if people get flu shots on time, the chance that they will end up in the hospital and be at risk for a superinfection are lowered."
In a conversation with Patient Care© about restoring US antimicrobial stewardship to pre-COVID-19 levels, Anne Meneghetti, MD, stressed that vacciation against viral infections utlimately protects against bacterial diseae, as well.
Getting flu shots into arms this season is just one of the many ways Meneghetti suggests that primary care professionals can contribute to a reduction in unnecessary use of antibiotics. She goes into detail in the short video below.