Get Smart about Antibiotics

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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. Learn more.

Antibiotic Stewardship in Emergency Departments

Antibiotic Stewardship in Emergency Departments PDF document
A report of structured interviews with emergency department personnel in 12 Vermont hospitals and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, to identify opportunities to assist advancing antibiotic stewardship in the region.

UVM Video Contest Winners Announced

University of Vermont students were invited to submit a 60 second PSA-style video to help spread the word about antibiotics misuse.

Congratulations to the winning teams, and thanks to all who participated!

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