Adults at risk of catching pneumonia, but can’t get vaccinated due to their chronic diseases, are likely in luck if their children are protected against the nasty lung infection, according to a new University of Calgary study.
The study, led by Institute member Dr. Jason Cabaj — clinical assistant professor at the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine — found that the “herd effect” also works for adults whose kids are vaccinated against pneumonia and meningitis.
Antibiotics can be life-saving treatments for many infectious diseases. However, resistance is on the rise worldwide because of the overuse and misuse of these important medications, which are also known as antimicrobials. Institute member Dr. John Conly has collaborated on a new app, now used in Calgary hospitals, to help doctors minimize patients' resistance to antibiotics.