Wednesday 18th November is European Antibiotics Awareness Day.

Antibiotics are some of our most precious medicines and since the 1940s they have allowed us to fight infections and save millions of lives. Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria, but now the bacteria are fighting back. Our medicines are becoming less effective which means more deaths and more complications for people receiving treatment in hospital. There are many reasons why antibiotics lose their effectiveness, but two key ones are:

Firstly, we take medicines that we don’t need. Antibiotics don’t help most colds or coughs get better but we still request antibiotics for them.

Secondly, we make things worse when we don’t take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, for instance, missing doses. Never save antibiotics for future use or give them to someone else.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today but you can help.

For more information please see the EAAD website, and also refer to this "Get Well Without Using Antibiotics" leaflet.

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