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Antibiotics Awareness Day

On the 18th November we will be supporting European Antibiotic Awareness Day. This is a public health campaign across Europe and supported by the Department of Health, to promote awareness of antibiotic resistance and prudent use.

 

Information for patients:

 

SIX steps YOU can take to help reduce resistance to antibiotics and keep them effective for the future!

 

ALLERGIESthat you have will affect which antibiotics are prescribed for you. Tell your doctor if you have allergies.

 

COMPLETEYOUR COURSE of antibiotics. If you don’t, resistance may arise in the future.

 

Take your antibiotic as prescribed, and follow any special instructions about timings, storage and expiry dates.

 

Never share your prescribed antibiotics, as they are specific for your infection.

 

Only BACTERIAL infections can be treated by antibiotics so they WILL NOT be appropriate for viruses such as cold and flu.

 

We need YOUR help to ensure antibiotics are used effectively and only when appropriate. Together we can limit antibiotics resistance and ensure antibiotics can continue to provide effective treatment in the future.

 

 

Where can I learn more about antibiotics and resistance?

 

e-bug – educational games suitable for children

http://www.e-bug.eu/eng_home.aspx?cc=eng&ss=1&t=Welcome%20to%20e-Bug

 

 

For further advice please see the information produced by the department of health at: Click here. 

 

 

Key facts about antibiotics

  • Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

  • Antibiotics are usually taken by mouth, but can sometimes be given into a vein (intravenous), into a muscle (intramuscular) or applied to the skin (topical).

  • Antibiotics work by killing bacteria and/or preventing their growth.

  • Different types of antibiotics treat different kinds of infection.

  • Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for respiratory infections when most of these are caused by viruses not bacteria.

  • Most patients are prescribed antibiotics without the doctor knowing the cause of the infection.

  • Colds and coughs are caused by viruses, not bacteria so antibiotics will not help.

  • If you take antibiotics when you don’t need them, they may lose their ability to kill bacteria.

  • Antibiotic resistance is growing. If the bacteria keep “overpowering” the medicines we have, we may run out of ways to kill these bacteria.

  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can cause serious infections and can be spread to others in your family.

  • Antibiotics can give you side effects, such as diarrhoea.

 

Link to factsheet on resistance -http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/

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