Antibiotic Awareness

Protect yourself, your family and friends against the spread of antibiotic resistance.

What is antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria, but now bacteria are fighting back. Our medicines are becoming less effective, which means more complications for people receiving treatment in hospital. We have to tackle this problem before it gets worse.

How this happened

There are many reasons why antibiotics lose their effectiveness, but there are two key ones:

  • We take medicines that we don’t need. Antibiotics don’t help most colds or coughs get better but we still request antibiotics for them.
  • We make things worse when we don’t take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, for instance, missing doses. Never save antibiotics for future use or give them to someone else.

What can I do?

Antibiotics are some of our most precious medicines, used to treat both humans and animals. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Don’t ask for antibiotics to treat your cold and flu symptoms, you can contact your local pharmacist for advice and over the counter medicines.

You are able to visit the NHS website for further information.