Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. That’s the message during World Antibiotics Week (18 – 24 November) when we’re warned against the over-use of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat viral infections and illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves.
The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign reminds you that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.
For further information on antibiotic resistance visit the NHS website.