Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections. Instead, symptom relief might be the best treatment option for viral infections.
Get smart about when antibiotics are needed—to fight bacterial infections. When you use antibiotics appropriately, you do the best for your health, your family's health, and the health of those around you.
Misuse of antibiotics has contributed to antibiotic resistance. Twenty five thousand people every year die each year from infections resistant to antibiotics.
If you are prescribed antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Never save them for later or share them with others.
Help save our antibiotics:
Watch this video then sign up to be an Antibiotic Guardian: http://bit.ly/ABGuardian
Try the Antibiotic Guardian Quiz: https://surveys.phe.org.uk/antibioticquiz
- Step 1: Don’t demand antibiotics. Ask your pharmacist or nurse or GP how to treat your symptoms.
- Step 2: Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed. Never save them for later, never give them to someone else.
- Step 3: Spread the word