Don’t Reach for Antibiotics

Hampshire County Council is supporting Antibiotic Awareness Week (12-18 November 2018) as Public Health England warns of the risks of overuse of antibiotics and that taking them when you do not need to, puts you and your family at risk

Nov 15 2018

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, commented, “We are keen to support initiatives that protect the future health of Hampshire’s population. Antibiotic Awareness Week highlights how important it is for patients to trust their doctor to prescribe the most appropriate treatment for their illness, which may not be antibiotics.”

Although they are ineffective against viral conditions such as flu, coughs, colds, sore throats and ear infections, many patients visit their GP expecting to leave with a prescription for antibiotics.

However, as more antibiotics are prescribed, this increases the chance of bacteria developing a resistance to them. This makes antibiotics less effective and, eventually, not effective at all, on some bacteria.  Overuse and misuse of antibiotics presents the risk that some medical conditions will be harder to treat and raises the possibility of a future where common infections become life-threatening without effective antibiotics to ward them off.

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