Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them speeds up antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistant infections are more complex and harder to treat. They can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
Antibiotics aren't always the answer. Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.
Antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness due to misuse and overuse, and in many cases they aren’t even needed.
Taking antibiotics when they are not needed accelerates emergence of antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest threats to global health.
You can help prevent antibiotic resistance. Preventing infection can reduce the use of antibiotics, and limit the spread of antibiotic resistance. Good basic hygiene is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of infection.
On average, 1 in every 10 patients is affected by health care-associated infections (HAIs). Antibiotic-resistant HAIs can double or more, the likelihood of death.
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