Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer.
Antibiotics save lives, but many times they are prescribed when they aren’t really needed.
Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria.
Antibiotics do not work on viruses such as those that cause colds and the flu.
When you’re given antibiotics when they aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still hurt you.
To learn more about antibiotic prescribing and use, visit www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use.
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