We’re Not Using One of Our Best Weapons against Drug-Resistant Microbes

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been hailed as one of the biggest threats to humanity. The number of deaths caused by drug-resistant bacteria is expected to rise from 700,000 to 10 million a year by 2050. But while the challenges of developing new classes of antibiotics and reducing the use and misuse of existing drugs have dominated the headlines, there is a more immediate and complementary solution: vaccines. Vaccination not only prevents the spread of these bugs and prevents resistance from occurring, but it also significantly curtails the use of drugs every year by preventing infections in the first place.

Article: Scientific AmericanĀ 

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