Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

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Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world’s major public health concerns.  Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, most sore throats, and bronchitis.  Taking antibiotics for these types of infections will not cure the illness; keep others from catching the illness; or help you feel better. Antibiotics are most effective against bacterial infections, certain fungal infection, and some kinds of parasites.  Unneeded antibiotic use may lead to future antibiotic-resistant infections.  The consequences are longer lasting illnesses, more doctor visits or extended hospital stays, and the need for stronger, more expensive medication.  Some resistant infections could even lead to death.

What not to do:

  • Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else.  The antibiotics may not be right for your type of illness.
  • Do not demand antibiotics when a doctor says they are not needed.
  • Do not take antibiotics for viral infections.

Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please!