Antibiotic Awareness

Public Heath England (PHE) Leads the co-ordination of Antibiotic Awareness activities in England. The key aims of the Antibiotic Awareness campaign is to raise awareness on how to use antibiotics in a responsible way that will help keep them effective for the future, without effective antibiotics many routine operations like hip replacements, organ transplants, caesareans section and treatments for sepsis or chemotherapy will become increasing dangerous or impossible.

Antibiotic Awareness campaigns is endorsed at the World Health Assembly. for more information please click here.

A message form Public Health England

How antibiotic resistance could effect you:

  • Antibiotic resistance is a threat to your health
  • Good hygiene is essential in reducing the risk of spread of infections and is especially important in households with individuals who have chronic illnesses
  • Antibiotics do not work for ALL colds, or for most coughs, sore throats or earache. Your body can usually fight these infections on its own.
  • The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance that bacteria will become resistant to them so that they no longer work on our infections
  • Antibiotics are important medicines and should only be taken when prescribed by a health professional
  • When antibiotics are prescribed by a health professional it is important that you always take them as directed
  • Antibiotics can have side effects as they upset the natural balance of bacteria potentially resulting in diarrhoea and/or thrush. The use of inappropriate antibiotics may also allow other more harmful bacteria to increase. Antibiotics also cause other side effects such as rashes, stomach pains and reactions to sunlight
  • Antibiotic resistant bacteria don’t just affect you, they can spread to other people (and animals) in close contact with you and are very difficult to treat.

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