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Tip of the Week #23

Because of the risks associated with antibiotic resistance, children should not receive antibiotics to prevent ear infections.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week November 12 – 18, 2018

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today.  It is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world.  It is compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and putting people everywhere at risk. WHO World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Tip of the Week #29

Using antibiotics when they are not needed is an unnecessary risk. You can carry resistant bacteria in your body for up to two years. Do not use antibiotics for colds and flu and for most cases of bronchitis.

Tip of the Week #15

Fluids, rest and acetaminophen are the best way to treat colds and the flu. Although you will usually feel better in 4 – 5 days, it may take as long as three weeks to completely recover.

Tip of the Week #27

Most coughs are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help! Sometimes a cough can be due to pneumonia. If your doctor suspects pneumonia, an X-ray should be taken and antibiotics may be prescribed.

Tip of the Week #40

If you have influenza (flu), stay home until you are feeling better and avoid going out except to seek medical attention.

Tip of the Week #38

Most respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses. Viral infections can make you just as sick as infections caused by bacteria.

Tip of the Week #18

The best way to prevent influenza is to get the influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or visit your nearest public health clinic.

Tip of the Week #21

Sore throats are common with colds and influenza. If a sore throat is part of these illnesses, it is most likely caused by a virus and a throat swab is not needed.

Tip of the Week #42

About half of the antibiotics prescribed for respiratory tract infections are inappropriate because most of these infections are caused by viruses.