Why should we care about antibiotic resistance?

It’s getting harder for antibiotics to do their job.

The number of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is increasing.

The danger of antibiotic resistance is that treatable illnesses, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, or minor infections could become incurable.

You can contribute to prevent antibiotic resistance when:

· You have good hygiene practices that help stop the spread of bacteria that make you sick, like washing your hands properly and frequently.

· You avoid handling food when you are ill.

· You practice safer sex in order to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

· You take antibiotics exactly as directed by your healthcare professional.

 

Remember that…

Antibiotics treat bacterial infections and are not effective against viral infections like the common cold or the flu. Although you may feel very sick, antibiotics will not help with viral infections. Speak to a healthcare professional and ask questions if you are concerned.

For more tips on how to prevent antibiotic resistance and to know how to use antibiotics responsibly and properly, consult Health Canada’s website here.

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