Get Smart About Antibiotics
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
Antibiotic resistance can cause illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to become dangerous infections. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are often more difficult to kill and more expensive to treat.
Overuse and misuse of antibiotics can promote the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria (bacteria that antibiotics can still attack) are killed, but resistant bacteria are left to grow and multiply.
How should I use antibiotics to protect myself, my pets, and my community from antibiotic resistance?
- Take the prescribed antibiotic exactly as your healthcare professional tells you.
- Discard any leftover medication.
- Never skip doses.
- Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
- Never pressure your healthcare professional to prescribe an antibiotic.
- Never save antibiotics for the next time you get sick.
- Never take antibiotics prescribed for someone else.