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Child Care Center Exclusion Policies and Directors' Opinions on the Use of Antibiotics

  • Nkuchia M. M'ikanatha (a1) (a2), Leanne B. Gasink (a2) (a3), Allen Kunselman (a4), Kimberly Warren (a5) and Ebbing Lautenbach (a2) (a3)...


We studied exclusion policies and child care center directors' opinions regarding antibiotic use for childhood illnesses. Among 135 respondents, 96.9% reported that they had written policies on exclusion of children for acute illnesses. Although 52.4% of respondents agreed that children are prescribed antibiotics unnecessarily, 89.1% believed that parents pressure physicians to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics.


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Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA 17120 (


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