What is antibiotic resistance?
More than four million Australians may have been prescribed antibiotics they didn’t need over the past five years, a study has found. What’s the problem with that? 1. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can mean they won’t work for you when you do need them. 2. Antibiotic resistance is already a real problem in Australia with cases of untreatable infections. 3. As more antibiotics stop working against bacterial infections, doctors will have fewer antibiotics to use. 4. Many common infections may eventually become untreatable. 5. If you have an antibioticresistant bacterial infection, you will have the infection for longer. 6. You may be more likely to suffer complications. So say no to antibiotics for colds and flu viruses and always take the full course when you do take them.
Antibiotic resistance is a problem in Australia