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It’s World Antibiotics Week!

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine

The persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

Even if you rarely take antibiotics you can get a resistant infection

The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group was established in 2008 to improve the way that antibiotics are used in hospitals.

Proper hand hygiene prevents infections and slows the spread of antibiotic resistance

The future of antibiotics depends on all of us.

Vaccination prevents infections and slows the spread of antibiotic resistance

What can you do?

  • Only take antibiotics if they are needed – many coughs, colds and sore throats get better without antibiotics
  • Visit your pharmacy – they can recommend medicines to treat cold or flu symptoms
  • Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed – never save them for later or share them with others

Did you know that antibiotics DO NOT treat viral infections like colds and flu?

Greenock Science students have a stall next to reception 18-21 November– come along and see how good you are at washing your hands!!