Last week (16-22 November) was World Antibiotics Awareness Week. This has come about because for a long time antibiotics have been over-prescribed and in many cases given to patients who just don’t need them. This has made antibiotic resistance one of the biggest threats facing us today. It is a growing global problem and needs to be addressed urgently by all of us!
Overuse of antibiotics seriously threatens their long-term effectiveness. This means that minor illnesses and surgery may become high risk procedures if infections cannot be treated. Simple procedures like setting broken bones, basic operations and animal healthcare all rely on access to antibiotics that work.
You can help by doing the following:
For infections that our bodies are good at fighting off on their own, like coughs, colds, sore throats and flu, treat the symptoms for five days rather than going to your GP.
It is vital we prevent antibiotics getting into the environment, so please take any unused
antibiotics to your pharmacy for safe disposal.