Home Health Let’s help keep antibiotics working

Let’s help keep antibiotics working

by Laura Johnston

Antibiotics don’t work for everything – that’s the message from the latest campaign backed by Public Health in Knowsley.

Taking antibiotics unnecessarily causes dangerous bacteria to become resistant which means they may not work when they are really needed.

Did you know:

  • Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk.
  • That 5,000 people die each year in England as a result of antibiotics no longer working for some infections – that’s 13 people every day.
  • In around 30 years we could see 60,000 people die every year because antibiotics have stopped helping them – that’s around 160 deaths a day.
  • If you take antibiotics you are more likely to get an antibiotic resistant infection. This is even more likely for children who have taken antibiotics.
  • Always take the advice of your doctor, nurse, dentist or health professional on antibiotics.

Many illnesses, including coughs, colds and sore throats are caused by viruses, and antibiotics do not work against viral infections like these.

Antibiotics are an important tool to help treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningococcal meningitis and sepsis and to help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery.

For further information on antibiotic resistance search ‘NHS antibiotics’