18 Nov 2019

This World Antibiotics Week (18-24 November), find out how you can play your part to stop antibiotic resistance which is fast becoming a problem across the world.

It’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week this week (18-24 November). Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, and have saved millions of lives across the country.

Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk, as this encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant.

We can all do our part to keep antibiotics working. By washing your hands regularly and properly, you can reduce your risk of contracting bacterial infections. You can also help the NHS prescribe fewer antibiotics by taking appropriate self-care steps. This includes speaking to your pharmacist for advice about your symptoms. It’s also crucial that you take the full course of antibiotics if you do get them prescribed – even if you start to feel better before your course is complete.

You can find out more about how you can do your part to stop antibiotic resistance in its tracks by visiting www.antibioticguardian.com, or by speaking to your GP or pharmacist.