Keep antibiotics working is the message from Public Health England!

Our time with antibiotics is running out.

Antibiotics are a type of drug classed as antimicrobials that are used in treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. They may kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses such as common cold or influenza, and may be harmful when taken inappropriately.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

Antibiotic resistance is rising dangerously in all parts of the world and this is a threat to effective treatment of common infectious diseases and many medical procedures (World Health Organisation).

Everyone has a role to play to help prevent antibiotic resistance. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant meaning current treatments will no longer work. Never share antibiotics (not even with family).

Do not demand antibiotics if your health care professional says you don’t need them. Become an Antibiotic Guardian!