Protect yourself, your family and your friends by using antibiotics properly. Don’t ask for antibiotics to treat your cold and flu symptoms. If your doctor does give you antibiotics for a bacterial infection remember the 3 ‘R’s:
take your antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not buy or use antibiotics without first seeing your doctor and getting a proper prescription or share antibiotics with friends and family.
the full course of treatment, even if you start to feel better.
your doctor if there’s anything you’re unsure about or contact them if you experience side effects that make you want to stop taking them.
your doctor about vaccines recommended for you and your family to prevent infections that may require an antibiotic treatment.
your hands and follow other hygiene measures like avoiding contact with sick patients.
- World Health Organization, 2016. Antibiotic resistance fact sheet.
Available at: www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/antibiotic-resistance/en/. Accessed 31 December 2018
- US Food and Drug Administration. Combating antibiotic resistance.
Available at: www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm092810.htm. Accessed 31 December 2018
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotic resistance questions and answers.
Available at: www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/about/antibiotic-resistance-faqs.html. Accessed 31 December 2018
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Factsheet for the general public – Antimicrobial resistance.
Available at: https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/antimicrobial-resistance/facts/factsheets/general-public. Accessed 31 December 2018
PP-CPF-IND-0009 | 11th January 2019