Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you, your family and our community at risk.
What is Antibiotic Resistance?
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. This can lead to more deaths and more complications for people receiving treatment. We have to tackle this problem NOW before it gets worse.
Misuse of antibiotics is one of the key contributors to antibiotic resistance, this occurs when:
- Antibiotics are prescribed/ taken unnecessarily.
- Antibiotic administration is delayed in critically ill patients.
- The dose and/or the duration of antibiotic treatment is inappropriate.
- Antibiotic treatment is not guided by microbiological culture data results.
How to look after yourself and your family
- Never demand antibiotics from your GP, you may not need them.
- Ask your pharmacist to recommend medicines to help treat cold or flu symptoms or pain.
- Make sure to use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands frequently to avoide spread of infection. • Get plenty of rest and drink enough fluids.
- Take antibiotics only when prescribed, never save them for later, never share them with others.
- Spread the word! Tell friends and family about antibiotic resistance.