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Health officials spread the awareness of antibiotic abuse

Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections. But antibiotics are…

Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections. But antibiotics are often used when not, which may cause them to stop working.

Up to 50 percent of all prescribed antibiotics are not required or do not work as prescribed. Every year in the United States, at least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 die.

“Antibiotics Resistance occurs when bacteria no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah. “Antibiotics resistant bacteria are much lethal and harder to treat. Taking antibiotics when not needed can cause side effects such as rash, nausea, diarrhea, yeast infections and dizziness. It can also lead to antibiotic resistance, one of the most acute threats to public health.”

In order to help stop antibiotic abuse, IDPH is leading the global costly drug and scary campaign to promote appropriate antibiotic use in the doctors’ offices. During the antibiotic awareness week, IDPH calls people to educate themselves, their families and their communities about antibiotic resistance. Improve how healthcare professionals prescribe antibiotics and how people take them helps fight antibiotic resistance. Prevention of antibiotic resistance will help these life-saving drugs to continue to function in the future.

Antibiotics do not work on viruses until example they s if causes colds, flu or runny noses, even if mucus is thick, yellow or green. Taking antibiotics will not make you better if you have a virus. Antibiotics are only needed to treat infections caused by bacteria, but some bacterial infections are also better without antibiotics, including many sinus infections and certain ear infections.

How To Help Prevent Antibiotic Resistance:

• Ask your health care provider if there are other steps you can take to feel better without using an antibiotic.

• Do not ask for antibiotics when your healthcare provider thinks you do not need them.

• Take antibiotics exactly as your healthcare professional tells you.

• Keep up-to-date on your recommended vaccines to prevent disease.

• Wash your hands regularly to stop disease spreading.

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2-12 November by following @CDCgov and @IDPH for more updates. More information about Antibiotics Awareness Week is available on online .

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