Reduction in Antibiotic Prescribing Attainable With a Gonococcal Vaccine

Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Sep 15;73(6):e1368-e1371. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab276.


We estimated the fraction of antibiotic prescribing in the United States attributable to gonorrhea. Gonorrhea contributes to an outsized proportion of antibiotic prescriptions in young adults, males, and in the southern and western United States. A gonococcal vaccine could substantially reduce antibiotic prescribing in these populations.

Keywords: antibiotic prescribing; antibiotic resistance; gonorrhea; vaccine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents* / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Vaccines
  • Gonorrhea* / drug therapy
  • Gonorrhea* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Male
  • United States
  • Young Adult


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Vaccines