Antibiotic Awareness: Antibiotics are not always the answer

Antibiotic Awareness: Antibiotics are not always the answer


According to the Centers for Disease
Control up to half of all antibiotic prescriptions are either unnecessary or ineffective. Hi, I’m Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson and in partnership
with the Washington State Department of Health, I’m here to talk to you today about antibiotic
usage and antibiotic resistance. It’s a growing problem in the United States
and across the world due to widespread antibiotic overuse. Antibiotics are an amazing tool to help treat
infections in our loved ones and ourselves. However, antibiotics are for bacterial infections
only; they cannot cure viral infections- like the flu or the common cold. In fact, antibiotics have been so over prescribed
and used when not needed that antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. This means that antibiotics will no longer
work to treat certain bacterial infections, which could lead to death from a bacteria
we used to be able to treat. Work with your health care provider to take
antibiotics at the right time and in the right way. For example: Never skip doses, never stop
the antibiotic early even if you feel better, never save the antibiotic for the next infection,
never take antibiotics that were prescribed for someone else, and always discard your
leftover antibiotics. Remember if you have the flu or a common cold
antibiotics are not the right choice and we can all work together to avoid unnecessary
use of antibiotics. I’m Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson in partnership with
Washington State Department of Health.

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