Pinewood has initiatied a campaign in respect of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November. This is an annual European public health initiative that takes place on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent antibiotic use. The latest data confirms that across the European Union the number of patients infected by resistant bacteria is increasing and that antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health globally.
Prudent use of antibiotics can help stop resistant bacteria from developing and help keep antibiotics effective for the use of future generations.
You can find more on the European Antibiotic Awareness Day here
KEY FACTS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC : SELF MEDICATION WITH ANTIBIOTICS
- Antibiotics can only be prescribed by a medical doctor who has examined you
- Antibiotics are not painkillers and cannot cure every illness
- Taking antibiotics for the wrong reasons, such as against colds and flu, will not help you feel better faster, and may cause side-effects
- Take the time to get better
- Ask your pharmacist for advice: other medicines can help relieve your symptoms