Jodi Vanden Eng*, Ruthanne Marcus* , James L. Hadler†, Beth Imhoff‡, Duc J. Vugia§, Paul R. Cieslak¶, Elizabeth Zell‡, Valerie Deneen#, Katherine Gibbs McCombs**, Shelley M. Zansky††, Marguerite A. Hawkins‡‡, and Richard E. Besser‡
Author affiliations: *Connecticut Emerging Infections Program, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; †Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; ‡Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; §California Department of Health Services, Berkeley, California, USA; ¶Oregon Department of Human Services, Portland, Oregon, USA; #Minnesota Department of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; **Georgia Division of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ††New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA; ‡‡University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Figure. Demographic distributions of responses to five statements about antibiotics. Histograms show the percentage of respondents agreeing with each of the statements. 1) In the past 4 weeks, have you (has he/she) taken any antibiotic medicine? 2) When I have a cold, I should take antibiotics to prevent getting a more serious illness. 3) When I get a cold, antibiotics help me to get better more quickly. 4) By the time I am sick enough to talk to or visit a doctor because of a cold, I usually expect a prescription for antibiotics. 5) Are you aware of any health dangers to yourself or other people associated with taking antibiotics?
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