“Preventing antimicrobial resistance together”
Learn how to handle antimicrobials with care and help us stop the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
- Antibiotics save lives, but they aren’t always the answer when you’re sick.
- Antibiotics do NOT treat viruses, like those that cause colds, flu, or COVID-19.
- Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain bacterial infections.
- An antibiotic will NOT make you feel better if you have a virus.
- You should always seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional and follow their prescription and treatment plan.
- When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm.
- Taking antibiotics can contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance
- If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed.
- Talk with your healthcare professional if you develop any side effects.
- You can stay healthy and keep others healthy by handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using a hand sanitiser, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and getting recommended vaccines, such as the flu vaccine.
- Don’t share antibiotics with family or friends. Even though you may be in close contact while sick, you may not have contracted the same infection. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.
- Antibiotics aren’t always the answer. It is always good to seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Everyone has a role to play in helping to reduce antimicrobial resistance.
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