This is World Antibiotics Awareness Week. It is a global campaign to “increase awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance,” states the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. Each year in the United States, more than 2.8 million infections from bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics occur and more than 35,000 people die as a direct result.”
Here are some key facts that you should know about antibiotics:
- They can interact with other medications.
- They should only be prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.
- May not be suitable for people who are allergic to certain antibiotics, with certain medical conditions, are pregnant, or breastfeeding.
- Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, at any age, anywhere.
- Antibiotics are becoming less effective to treat certain infections lately, such as pneumonia, gonorrhea, and salmonellosis.
- They are not a cure all, as they do not treat viral infections such as colds and the flu.
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