U.K. launches peer education campaign to stem antibiotic overuse

10/14/2013 | Reuters

Researchers in the U.K. are enlisting eighth-graders to teach their peers about disease prevention and the perils of antibiotic overuse, with the hope that children will spread the message to their parents. A pilot program received positive feedback, and researchers hope to implement a national campaign next September. "I think educating the parents through the children is novel and interesting -- and it may actually work," said Dr. Sandra Arnold, a researcher in Tennessee in pediatric infectious diseases who is not involved with the campaign.

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