What You Need to Know Right Now
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic resistance has become a serious public health concern. Antibiotic resistance has developed over the years due to overuse of antibiotics in our society. Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but tougher resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. Over time this process can lead to difficult-to-treat, costly infections such as MRSA and Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff).
To avoid unnecessary exposure to antibiotics for yourself and your family, keep these principles in mind the next time you are feeling under the weather:
- Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections like cold or flu.
- Talk to your healthcare provider or BI-LO pharmacist when you have a viral infection to find out which over-the counter medications should work best to help you feel better.
When you are prescribed an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, take it exactly as the doctor tells you. If you stop taking it too soon,
some bacteria may survive and re-infect you.
Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.