It’s the time of year when families are hit by illnesses hard and while it’s tempting to go to your physician or pediatrician to get medication to kill whatever germs might be lurking in your body to make you feel downright miserable, antibiotics aren’t always the answer. Antibiotics cure bacterial infections but they’re not so great about helping with viral infections such as colds or flu, most coughs, bronchitis, sore throats that aren’t caused by strep, or runny noses. Additionally, your body can develop a resistance to antibiotics that has been called one of the world’s most pressing public health problems because almost every type of bacteria has become stronger and less responsive to antibiotic treatment when it is really needed.
To learn more about staying healthy and why you should care about antibiotic resistance (AR), join me for the CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Twitter Chat where we’ll be talking about topics such as how rising AR can affect consumers, what we can do about AR, and how to get relief for symptoms caused by non-bacterial infections.
Here are the details about the CDC’s Twitter Chat:
- What: CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Twitter Chat:
- When: Friday, November 22; 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
- Who: Hosts @CDCgov and @OTCSafety
- Where: #SaveABX