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Antibiotic Awareness

We held an Antibiotic Awareness Day in the Practice on Friday 18th November as part of a UK and European initiative, as well as to mark the Worldwide Antibiotic Awareness week. Resistance to antibiotics has become a major problem which threatens us all.

Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections and do not kill viruses which are the cause of most infections we have. A virus may not be any less serious than a bacterial infection (think of Ebola which is a virus) and taking an antibiotic will not affect it, but about 15% of people will get a side effect to the antibiotic. Taking an antibiotic doubles the risk of your next infection being resistant to the antibiotic.

get-well-soon-leaflet-english-October-2014 This leaflet explains the issues

caring-for-children-with-cough-leaflet-print-ready A useful leaflet explaining how to help your coughing child and when to consider seeking help

When should I worry-Booklet_England-with 111 service_2016 A  booklet covering most of the common childhood symptoms  – worth printing off to look at as needed

Why even a bacterial infection doesn’t mean you need antibiotics….

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