Using antibiotics when they are not needed increases the risk of antibiotic resistance, a growing threat to the health of all Canadians. The number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics has increased in recent years, and many bacterial infections are resistant to the most common antibiotics. This makes infections harder to treat, and in some cases, these infections can lead to disability or even death.
The easiest way to reduce antibiotic resistance is to use antibiotics wisely. This means
- Only taking antibiotics when you need them
- Taking antibiotics exactly as prescribed