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Radio scripts - Antibiotics: Handle with care

When you are sick, you want to know that there’s a cure. Antibiotics are medicines that kill bacteria which cause infections. But did you know that some antibiotics are becoming less effective? This is because antibiotics have been overused and misused, causing bacteria to change and become resistant, making it impossible to treat some infections. The World Health Organization says you can help! Only take antibiotics when a doctor or nurse prescribes them to you. Never use left-over antibiotics or share them with your family or friends. Better still, you can prevent infections by washing your hands and keeping healthy. Antibiotics are precious, handle them with care!

Antibiotics are a precious resource, but our time with antibiotics could be running out! As these important medicines are overused around the world, the bacteria they treat are becoming resistant meaning antibiotics don’t work anymore. If we are not careful, minor infections like bronchitis, sinus, ear or urinary tract infections, will become a lot more dangerous. So what can you do? Seeking advice from a qualified healthcare professional will help you and your family to make the right decision when it comes to antibiotics. Antibiotics are not always the answer, they do not cure viruses like colds and flu. So think twice, and seek advice when it comes to antibiotics.

You may have heard about antibiotic resistance, when bugs become resistant to the antibiotics we use to fight them. It’s a big issue, and sometimes it can feel like there is nothing you can do about it. But everyone has a role to play! There are some simple things you can do to help fight antibiotic resistance. Prevent infections to reduce the need for antibiotics in the first place. Wash your hands, prepare food safely and cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. You can also prevent infection by practicing safer sex and keeping your vaccinations up to date.

If you do get sick, seek the advice of a healthcare professional before using antibiotics. And never use leftover antibiotics or share them with friends or family. Antibiotics are precious, handle them with care!