“Preventing antimicrobial resistance together”

Learn how to handle antimicrobials with care and help us stop the spread of antimicrobial resistance.


  1. Antibiotics save lives, but they aren’t always the answer when you’re sick.
  2. Antibiotics do NOT treat viruses, like those that cause colds, flu, or COVID-19.
  3. Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain bacterial infections.
  4. An antibiotic will NOT make you feel better if you have a virus.
  5. You should always seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional and follow their prescription and treatment plan.
  6. When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm. 
  7. Taking antibiotics can contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance
  8. If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed.
  9. Talk with your healthcare professional if you develop any side effects.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Help us spread the message!