Saturday 18 November is European Antibiotics Awareness Day and South Lincolnshire CCG is reminding us all that we should use antibiotics only when they’re needed to help keep them effective.
Coughs and colds are circulating and many of us may be tempted to visit the GP for antibiotics, but patients are being warned that if they’re not needed they won’t be prescribed. In fact, 44% of all people who visit the GP suffering from a cold or flu want or think they need antibiotics.
Bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics when they’re used often; if they’re not taken as prescribed or the course isn’t finished.
You should never share your antibiotics with anyone else because you don’t know their medical history.
For more information about staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell