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Antibiotics awareness day Tuesday 18th November – take care not antibiotics

We are supporting Antibiotics Awareness Day on Tuesday 18th November 2014.

Please read the attached patient information leaflet  click here

Why you should only take antibiotics when they are needed

  • Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic. They become ‘antibiotic resistant’ so that the antibiotic no longer works.
  • The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance that bacteria will become resistant to them so that they no longer work. If we all try to reduce their usage, antibiotics will be more likely to work when we really need them.
  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria don’t just infect you, they can spread to other people in close contact with you.
  • Some antibiotics can cause allergic reactions such as rashes, being sick if you also drink alcohol and reactions to sunlight – as well as other symptoms.