Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please!
Are you aware that colds, flu, and most sore throats and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
If You Have a Cold or Flu, Antibiotics Won't Work For You!
What Can I Do To Protect Myself Or My Child?
When you use antibiotics appropriately, you do the best for your health, your family's health, and the health of those around you. "We want Americans to keep their families and communities healthy by getting smart about the proper use of antibiotics," said Richard Besser, M.D., medical director of CDC's Get Smart campaign.
Dangers of Antibiotic
Sick individuals aren't the only people who can suffer the consequences. Families and entire communities feel the impact when disease-causing germs become resistant to antibiotics. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria can quickly spread to family members, school mates and co-workers - threatening the community with a new strain of infectious disease that is more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat.
Source: Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov)
Last Editorial Review: 1/13/2005
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