Antibiotics: One of the Greatest Discoveries of the 20th Century
This podcast provides a brief background about antibiotics and quick tips to help prevent antibiotic resistance. Created: 9/10/2008 by National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).
Date Released: 9/15/2008. Series Name: CDC Featured Podcasts.
This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC – safer, healthier people.
It’s hard to imagine a world before the development of what many consider to be miracle drugs; however, only 80 years ago antibiotics weren’t available. The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century. Some common illnesses, such as strep throat, are now easily treated with antibiotics, but in the past, they often led to serious complications. Antibiotics serve an important role in keeping the public healthy. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance, or the increased ability of bacteria to survive in the presence of antibiotics, has become a major public health threat. We all need to help fight this threat. The first step is to understand that antibiotics only treat bacterial infections; they aren’t effective against viral infections, like colds. So talk to your healthcare provider about the best treatment for your illness. When it’s determined that your illness is caused by a virus, take your healthcare provider’s recommendations for treating the symptoms. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.
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