What is Antibiotic Resistance?
- Using antibiotics when they are not needed (for example for colds and flu) can lead to antibiotic resistance.
- Bacteria have “antibiotic resistance” when they cannot be killed by an antibiotic.
- Remember, it is the bacteria that are resistant – NOT YOU! Even very healthy people who have never taken antibiotics can become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria from other sources.
What you should do:
- Do not expect to get antibiotics for every respiratory tract infection. Most of these infections are caused by viruses and antibiotics will not work.
- Let your doctor decide if an antibiotic is needed and which antibiotic is best.
- Be patient when you (or your child) have cold symptoms, cough or a sore throat. Most viral illnesses will take 4 – 5 days before getting better and up to 3 weeks for a full recovery.
- Always wash your hands after being with someone who is sick. Remind others to wash their hands.
Avoid a battle with a SUPER RESISTANT BUG. Use antibiotics wisely!