Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics. These resistant bacteria survive and spread – causing more harm, such as a longer illness or even death, more doctor visits and the need for even more expensive and potent antibiotics.

PADOH Antibiotics and Kids

Preventing antibiotic – resistant infections

  • Do not expect an antibiotic if your health care provider determines one is not needed.
  • Do not take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold, cough or the flu.
  • Take an antibiotic exactly as the doctor tells you. Do not skip doses. Complete the prescribed course of treatment, even if you are feeling better.
  • Do not save any antibiotics for the next time you get sick.
  • Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else. Taking the wrong medicine may delay cure, cause further illnesses, and risk unneeded side effects.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Get vaccinated against preventable illnesses including influenza and pertussis (whooping cough).
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