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World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Posted on 21 Nov 2019
This week, 18-24 November, is World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019. This is an annual World Health Organisation campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of antibiotic resistance. It promotes global education on antibiotics, how they should be used, and the growing risks of antibiotic resistance.
What is Antibiotic Resistance?
Although there are two main types of infections, viral and bacterial, antibiotics should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not work against viruses, such as cold and flu. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics has encouraged the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, when bacteria become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them. Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, and is threatening our ability to fight common infectious diseases.
What Can I Do to Minimise Antibiotic Resistance?
Antibiotics should only be taken when prescribed for bacterial (not viral) infections, and it is important to follow the dosage and complete the advised course.