Wed November 7, 2012
DUPAGE COUNTY-November 12-18 is "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" and the DuPage County Health Department is encouraging residents to learn about the proper use of antibiotics to keep their families healthy.
"Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" is an annual campaign coordinated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Each year, millions of Americans take antibiotics to fight infections. But overuse and misuse of antibiotics can change germs, allowing them to evolve resistance to antibiotics, which increases the risk of an infection for which there are limited or no treatment options. Patients who receive antibiotics can experience side effects, including allergic reactions and may be at increased risk for Clostridium difficile infection, a potentially deadly diarrheal infection.
People may expect antibiotics to work for every illness, but they don't. The improper use of antibiotics may allow resistant bacteria to quickly spread through a community, introducing a new strain of infectious disease that is more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Antibiotics will not cure viral infections such as:
What you can do to protect yourself or your child:
To feel better when you have an upper respiratory infection and antibiotics are not needed:
Remember these facts:
More information about appropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance is available at www.cdc.gov/getsmart/.
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