Take extra care with antibiotics

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A national campaign calling for patients and doctors to take extra care when requesting or prescribing antibiotics is being backed by Luton’s Clinical Commissioning Group.

Antibiotics have revolutionsied the way we treat infections. But some bacteria are now building up a resistance, making infection prevention a challenge and antibiotics less effective when we really need them.

If you have been prescribed antibioti cs, always finish the course. If you stop in the middle, they may not have killed all the bacteria and you may become ill again.

They will not treat viruses such as common colds. Your best bet is to rest, drink pretty of fluids and wash your hands regularly with soap and water to reduce the spread of infection.

> If you need medical advice call freephone NHS 111.