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Infectious Diseases
- Prevention, Control & Outbreak Management

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are medications used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia and strep throat. Careful use of antibiotics is important because antibiotic resistance may develop from inappropriate use of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are bacteria that cannot be killed by antibiotics, which makes treating infections much more difficult. Viral Infections such as colds and the flu can make you sick as well. Antibiotics do not work against viruses. After a viral illness, most people start to feel better after 4-5 days.



Use Antibiotics Wisely

Health Canada recommends that you speak to your doctor about being prescribed the appropriate antibiotic treatment and that we all take steps to reduce antibiotic resistance. For more information on these recommendations see the Government of Canada website.

Some examples of how you can prevent antibiotic resistance include: hand washing, keeping immunizations up to date and taking your antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Even once you start feeling better it is important to finish your antibiotics so all bacteria are killed.


References

Do Bugs Needs Drugs. “Antibiotic Resistance”. 2014.

Government of Canada. “About Antibiotic Resistance”. 2014.




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