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What Was Measured?

The percentage of children in the health plan, ages 3 months to 18 years, who had an upper respiratory infection (common cold), were not given an antibiotic — medicines that don’t work for these viral infections.

Why Is It Important?

If your child has a cold, he or she probably does not need an antibiotic. Colds are viruses, and antibiotics do not work for viruses. Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria. Each year, about 1 out of 5 children wrongly receives antibiotics for a cold. Taking antibiotics when they are not necessary puts your child at risk for the medicine’s side effects. Also, if your child uses antibiotics too often, they can be less effective for treating infections in the future.

Treating Children with Upper Respiratory Infections

Look for differences of at least 4%. Smaller differences usually are not significant.

Treating Children with Upper Respiratory Infections

We compared Healthy Families Program members' records to a set of national standards for quality of care.
  • (Worse)
    0%
  • (Better)
    100%
Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 98% Horizontal bar, 98 units
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 97% Horizontal bar, 97 units
Alameda Alliance for Health 96% Horizontal bar, 96 units
San Francisco Health Plan 95% Horizontal bar, 95 units
Contra Costa Health Plan 94% Horizontal bar, 94 units
Central California Alliance for Health 92% Horizontal bar, 92 units
Santa Clara Family Health Plan 92% Horizontal bar, 92 units
Community Health Group 92% Horizontal bar, 92 units
Health Plan of San Mateo 91% Horizontal bar, 91 units
CenCal Health 89% Horizontal bar, 89 units
CalOptima 88% Horizontal bar, 88 units
Molina Healthcare 88% Horizontal bar, 88 units
Ventura County Healthcare Plan 88% Horizontal bar, 88 units
Inland Empire Health Plan 88% Horizontal bar, 88 units
Health Net of California, Inc. 86% Horizontal bar, 86 units
L.A. Care Health Plan 86% Horizontal bar, 86 units
Community Health Plan 85% Horizontal bar, 85 units
Anthem Blue Cross - EPO 84% Horizontal bar, 84 units
Health Plan of San Joaquin 84% Horizontal bar, 84 units
Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 84% Horizontal bar, 84 units
Blue Shield of California - EPO 83% Horizontal bar, 83 units
Blue Shield of California - HMO 83% Horizontal bar, 83 units
Kern Family Health Care 81% Horizontal bar, 81 units
Care 1st Health Plan 78% Horizontal bar, 78 units
311.110/311.210