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Importance of not becoming antibiotic resistant

16 November 2018 Blog
Becoming resistant to antibiotics can have serious consequences for you, your family and the community.

 

Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist Lana Cerbe explains how you can reduce antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is a serious worldwide problem, and it is happening in Australia, so it is important we help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by being part of the solution.

To help ensure you don’t become resistant to antibiotics, consider the following five points:

  1. Do not ask for antibiotics for colds and flu, as they have no effect on viruses.
  2. Understand that antibiotics won’t help you to recover faster from a viral infection.
  3. Make an effort to prevent the spread of germs by practicing good hygiene.
  4. Only take antibiotics in the way they have been prescribed, avoid sharing antibiotics and using leftover antibiotics.
  5. Remember that it is possible to pass on antibiotic resistant bacteria to others.

To find out more about antibiotic resistance and World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

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Lana Cerbe - Antimicrobial Stewardship and Medication Safety Pharmacist
Lana Cerbe is an Antimicrobial Stewardship and Medication Safety Pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies – Midland. She has worked as a clinical pharmacist across public and private hospital settings and in the community in Australia and the UK for more than 20 years.
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Lana Cerbe Antimicrobial Stewardship and Medication Safety Pharmacist