Antibiotics don’t work for everything – that’s the message from the latest campaign backed by Public Health in Knowsley.
The campaign will stress the importance of taking a doctor’s advice about whether antibiotics are needed during an illness. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily causes dangerous bacteria to become resistant which means they may not work when they are really needed.
Did you know:
– that 5,000 people die each year in England as a result of antibiotics no longer working for some infections – that’s 13 people every day.
– In around 30 years we could see 60,000 people die every year because antibiotics have stopped helping them – that’s around 160 deaths a day.
Many illnesses, including coughs, colds and sore throats are caused by viruses, and antibiotics do not work against viral infections like these.
Antibiotics are an important tool to help treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningococcal meningitis and sepsis and to help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery.
Despite the dangers posed by antibiotic resistance, one in four people in the North West (23%) has never heard of the issue, while 40% of people in the region don’t realise that if someone has taken antibiotics in the last year, any infection they get is more likely to be antibiotic resistant. They can also pass on antibiotic resistant bacteria to loved ones.
The campaign will run in the Granada region on TV, radio, press and will be supported by local GP surgeries and pharmacies, social media and PR. For further information on antibiotic resistance please search NHS Antibiotics or visit www.nhs.uk/keepantibioticsworking