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We need your help to Keep Antibiotics Working Posted on 30 Jun 2021

We need your help to Keep Antibiotics Working

What is the problem with Antibiotics?

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It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.

 Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery. They also treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, Meningitis and sepsis, but they are being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds or flu, where they are not effective. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

How can you help?

  • Tell your healthcare professional you are concerned about antibiotic resistance.

  • Ask your healthcare professional if there are steps you can take to feel better and get symptomatic relief without using antibiotics.

  • Take the prescribed antibiotic exactly as your healthcare professional tells you.

  • Discard any leftover medication.

  • Ask your healthcare professional about vaccines recommended for you and your family to prevent infections that may require an antibiotic.

  • 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.

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