Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Making a difference

Antiobiotic resistance is a real and growing problem. If you were wondering what you could do about it individually then the CDC is happy to help with information and suggestions.

I think one of the problems is that although we should minimize inappropriate antibiotic use, in cases where it is appropriate then you should finish your prescription as indicated by the doctor. Taking fewer pills, even with the best of intentions, does not help and, in fact, is likely to make both you, and the problem, worse.

The CDC site also has information for doctors and the title of their video indicates one of the problems doctors face:
CDC Commentary: Don't Give In and Give Those Antibiotics!   Tips on how to communicate with patients about appropriate antibiotic use for upper respiratory infections.

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