Get Smart Week is Nov. 14-20.
More information can be found at CDC.org.
Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer
Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. Viral illnesses cannot be treated with antibiotics. When an antibiotic is not prescribed, ask your healthcare professional for tips on how to relieve symptoms and feel better.
Day 1 What is antibiotic resistance?
Day 2 Can antibiotics cure bronchitis?
Day 3 Can antibiotics cure the
Day 4 Does my child need antibiotics
Day 5 Are antibiotics needed for a
Day 6 What's the difference between a
Antibiotics can and do save lives but poor practices are putting people at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, severe antibiotic-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. The loss of effective antibiotics seriously affects our ability to fight diseases.
What We Can Do
We all have a role to play to ensure that we (and our children and their children) have effective antibiotics to treat bacterial infections and prevent the spread of diseases.
- Prevent infections by practicing good hand hygiene and getting recommended vaccines.
- Be sure to take antibiotic exactly as the doctor prescribes (don't skip doses or stop early).
- Don't ask for antibiotics when your doctor thinks you don't need them.
Here are some common illnesses and their cause:
| Usual Cause
| Cold/ Runny Nose
| Bronchitis/Chest Cold*
| Chest Cold*
| Whooping Cough
| Strep Throat
| Sore Throat*
|Fluid in the Middle Ear||Yes||No
| Urinary Tract Infection
- Do you really need an antibiotic? (brochure)
- Does your child really need an antibiotic for a skin infection? (brochure)
- Fevers--What parents need to know (Spanish) (brochure)
- What to do about C. difficile (brochure)
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