Antibiotics Aren't Always the Answer

Many common infections are caused by germs called viruses. Antibiotic medicines do not kill viruses. Also, many infections caused by germs called bacteria do not need antibiotics. These infections often get better without antibiotic treatment. Excessive use of antibiotics may allow the germs to become resistant to the antibiotic medicines, so that they will not work when they really are needed. They may also sometimes cause side-effects.

This is why antibiotics are not prescribed for many infections.

Antibiotics will not treat cough, cold and flu symptoms – click here to find out what you can do to treat yourself better

Get Better Without Using Antibiotics – click here to see this information leaflet that explains the need to get the right treatment for common illnesses without encouraging antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today

Why it is relevant to you:

  • without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

What we want you to do:

  • To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics.