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Bacteria and Antibiotics Posted or Updated on 12 Jan 2024

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. We must act today to protect this treatment for the future. Over 300,000 prescriptions for antibiotics are issued in Bradford District and Craven every year, and are sometimes taken unnecessarily for illnesses like colds, chest infections and ear infections that may have got better on their own.

All of us have the power to make a difference to the future of antibiotics. This can come from small changes we make in how we use antibiotics, understanding the issue of antibiotic resistance and what it might mean, and informing family and friends.

  • Do not use antibiotics to treat any viral infections, such as flu, the common cold, a runny nose or a sore throat.
  • Only use antibiotics when a healthcare professional such as a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist prescribes them.
  • Take the full course of antibiotics when they are prescribed, even when feeling better.
  • Do not save unused antibiotics or share them with friends and family.
  • Take any unused antibiotics to a local pharmacy for appropriate disposal including liquid antibiotics which should not be poured down the sink or toilet.

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