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Antibiotics Information

 Keep Antibiotics Working

 It is estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in   England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.  This   figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years   antibiotic resistance will kill more people worldwide than cancer and   diabetes combined.

 Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to   become resistant which means that antibiotics may not work when you   need them next time.

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, such as meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses, such as coughs, colds and sore throats, that can get better by themselves.

We encourage you to always take your doctor’s, nurse’s or healthcare professional’s advice on when antibiotics are needed.

Without urgent action, common infections, minor injuries and routine operation will become far riskier.  Conditions like kidney infections and pneumonia have started to become untreatable.

We are working closely with our GPs to help reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics so that patients who need antibiotics are getting the right dose, at the right time, for the right condition. 

We are asking for you to play your part by trusting your doctor, nurse or pharmacist’s advice as to when you need to take antibiotics.”

To help prevent antibiotic resistance, antibiotics should only be taken as prescribed, and never saved for later use or shared with others.

What are viral infections, and can they be treated by antibiotics?

These are infections that are caused by a virus rather than bacteria.  The most common viral infections that people get are colds and flus.  But viruses also are the cause of most coughs, sore throats, and ear infections.  Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. 

How do they work?

They most commonly work by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing and spreading.

What are viral infections, and can they be treated by antibiotics?

These are infections that are caused by a virus rather than bacteria.  The most common viral infections that people get are colds and flus.  But viruses also are the cause of most coughs, sore throats, and ear infections.  Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. 



 
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