Although we are a long way from having a designated day recognizing acute respiratory infection prevention and awareness, respiratory tract infections come second in the global burden of disease rankings after heart disease and are the second most common cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. But, unlike heart disease, acute respiratory tract symptoms account for the vast majority of antibiotic prescriptions. Unfortunately, most of these antibiotic scripts are given empirically, without the proper medical evidence, and are thus unnecessary.


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