DID you know that antibiotics do not work on most coughs, colds and sore throats?
Cheshire West Primary Care Trust (PCT) says overusing antibiotics gives bugs a fighting chance of developing defences against the drugs we need.
The PCT is taking part in a nationwide NHS campaign to drive home the message this winter.
Department of Health adverts are now in GP practices, pharmacies, magazines and newspapers explaining that putting pressure on a family doctor for a prescription should not be our “knee-jerk” response to minor infections.
Experts say the more often we use an antibiotic, the more likely it is bacteria will become resistant. This means they may not work and serious infections will become harder to subdue in future. Some bacteria – such as MRSA – are already resistant to several antibiotics.
Western Cheshire and Cheshire County Council public health director Wendy Meredith said: “We need to help people to understand antibiotics only work for some infections and that by taking too many we are hindering our efforts to fight serious infections such as MRSA.”
For more details, visit: www.dh.gov.uk/antibiotics.