Antibiotics and Viruses

Antibiotics do not fight viruses.

Do NOT take antibiotics when you have a viral infection. It will not make you feel better or be better. It can make you sicker. 

When you take antibiotics for a viral infection it can increase your risk of further infection by increasing antibiotic resistance. When you take antibiotics for a viral infection it will kill the healthy bacteria in the gut, allowing more harmful bacteria to grow in its place–bacteria that can cause actual bacterial infection and bacteria that may become antibiotic-resistant.

Do not pressure your doctor give you or your child antibiotics for a viral infection. Ask for ways to lessen the severity of symptoms, get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids, and stay inside. Don’t share your cold with the community!

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