This year, Antibiotic Awareness Week 12-18 November. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention wishes to educate you on the importance of this issue and how to protect yourself.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most serious health threats. Antibiotic resistance occurs when a bacterium is changed in response to an antibiotic drug and resists the effects of the drug and causes the antibiotic to stop working. Therefore, doctors have consumed options to treat certain infections.
One of the main causes of antibiotic resistance is the excessive use of antibiotics. Patients who are already ill or who have received more than one antibiotic treatment are at the highest risk of antibiotic resistance. People with poor immune systems, such as infants and older adults, are also at higher risk. However, it can affect anyone at any age.
Without effective antibiotics, doctors may not be able to treat simple infections. The action must slow down the antibiotic resistance.
To protect yourself, you can follow these steps:
• Talk to your doctor about when the antibiotics will help and will not help.
• Learn about AR.
• Ask what kind of infection an antibiotic treats, how long it takes, and what side effects may occur.
• Take antibiotics only and exactly as prescribed.
• Do not store an antibiotic or share medication with others.
• Wash your hands.
• Stay current on your vaccines.
• Bring the food to the correct temperature.
• Cool food correctly.
We all play a role in the struggle to save these life-saving drugs. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/index.html.
Antibiotic Resistance Coordinator
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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