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Antibiotics are important and really help when we need them

Most infections are caused by two main kinds of germs: bacteria and viruses.

  • Antibiotics cure infections caused by bacteria; but they have no effect against infections caused by viruses, like a cold or the flu.
  • Taking antibiotics for a cold or the flu is unnecessary and expensive.

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Taking antibiotics when not needed can be harmful

It can also cause a serious problem – antibiotic resistance – which means these drugs are less effective when they are really needed.

We all have a role to play in preventing this. Patients, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, industry, policy makers and the general public can work together to promote appropriate antibiotic use – ultimately saving lives.

AWARE is the Oregon Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education.


Learn what you can do to reduce antibiotic resistance

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