Prevent antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria mutate and make certain medications ineffective in preventing bacterial infections. HealthDay offers these suggestions for preventing antibiotic-resistant infections.

Take action:

Talk to your doctor about whether you actually need an antibiotic to treat a particular illness; don't take antibiotics when they're not helpful – for example, antibiotics will not be able to treat infections caused by viruses, including the common cold and the flu; always take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor – don't skip any dose and don't stop taking them early; never "save" antibiotics to take later and never re-use them for a different illness.

Visit the Cold and Flu Centre

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