The overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of resistance among bacteria, making antibiotics ineffective in treating certain conditions. This podcast discusses the importance of talking to your health care provider about whether or not antibiotics will be beneficial, if you’ve been diagnosed with an infectious disease. Created: 9/8/2011 by MMWR.
Date Released: 9/8/2011. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Office-Based Antibiotic Prescribing for Persons Aged <15 Years — United States, 1993–2008 Recorded: September 6, 2011; posted: September 8, 2011
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The discovery of antibiotics was one of the greatest medical achievements of the twentieth century. However, overuse of these drugs has led to the development of resistance in bacteria, making antibiotics ineffective in combating them. As a consequence, some infections can result in serious illness and even death. In most cases, a cold, an ear infection, and the flu should not be treated with antibiotics.
If you've been diagnosed with an infectious illness, talk to your health care provider about whether antibiotics will be beneficial and if there are other ways to treat your condition. If an antibiotic is prescribed, take it as directed and finish the entire treatment.
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