Get Smart about Antibiotics
Colds, flu, and most sore throats and cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viruses. Antibiotics will not help.
Antibiotics are designed to treat infections that are caused by bacteria – not viruses. Overuse of antibiotics is causing drug-resistant strains to emerge, and is making it more difficult to treat infections such as bacterial bronchitis, MRSA, salmonella and pneumonia.
Taking antibiotics unnecessarily when you have a viral illness can put you at higher risk of drug-resistant infections in the future. This is true for both children and adults.
Get smart about antibiotics and ask your health care provider what treatment is best for you.
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