Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Blog

Antibiotics don’t work for viruses such as colds or the flu—ask about natural alternatives for cold & flu season.

  • Antibiotics cure infections caused by bacteria; but they have no effect against infections caused by viruses, like a cold or the flu.
  • Taking antibiotics for a cold or the flu is unnecessary and expensive.
Taking Antibiotics When Not Needed Can Be Harmful

It can also cause a serious problem—antibiotic resistance—which means these drugs are less effective when they are really needed.

We all have a role to play in preventing this. Patients, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, industry, policy makers and the general public can work together to promote appropriate antibiotic use – ultimately saving lives.

AWARE is the Oregon Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education.


Learn what you can do to reduce antibiotic resistance