USING ANTIBIOTICS West Virginia Among Five States With Most Antibiotic Use
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Nov. 14, 2012 10:27 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 14, 2012 10:51 AM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
More West Virginians are using antibiotics.
Since 1999, the amount of antibiotics prescribed nationwide has dropped, but certain areas of the country are not following that trend.
West Virginia is among five states with the most antibiotic use nationwide.
Residents of West Virginia and Kentucky taken about twice as many antibiotics per capita as people living in Alaska and Hawaii.
As a result of the high antibiotic use, common infections are becoming more difficult to treat with currently available antibiotics.
To reduce the problem, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend to get seasonal vaccines and to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed. They also advise to not skip doses and make sure to complete course of treatment.