How to be a resistance fighter? Limit the use of Antibiotics!
Understand that antibiotics are only effective against bacteria and not viruses: colds, flu and most coughs are caused by viruses and will get better on their own.
Treat your flu and cold symptoms and let your immune system fight the virus. Antibiotics will not help you get better quickly, and may give you side effects such as diarrhea and thrush. They can also lead to acquired C. diff. infections.
They won’t stop your virus spreading to other people only YOU can do that with good hand hygiene.
Don’t ask for antibiotics , instead ask your doctor about the best way to treat your symptoms. If you are prescribed antibiotics ask your doctor about the risks and benefits and always take them exactly as prescribed.
Never take someone else’s antibiotics, always speak with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or healthcare professional when symptoms linger or worsen.
Let us all take the “Resistance Fighter” Pledge and feel free to share it with everyone you know:
I will not expect antibiotics for colds and flu as they have no effect on viruses.
I will take antibiotics as directed IF I am prescribed them, and not ask for them.
I will practice good hygiene, making hand washing #1, and help stop giving germs a free ride.
Now we can ALL spread knowledge, not infections and encourage others to join the fight against antibiotic resistance.