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get smart about antibiotics

Get Smart. Take a look at this chart to find out which upper respiratory infections are usually caused by viruses — germs that are not killed by antibiotics. Talk with your doctor about ways to feel better when you are sick. Ask what you should look for at home that might mean you are developing another infection for which antibiotics might be appropriate.

 

Illness Usual Cause Antibiotic Needed
Virus Bacteria
Cold Yes No No
Flu Yes No No
Chest Cold (in otherwise healthy children and adults) Yes No No
Sore Throats (except strep) Yes No No
Bronchitis (in otherwise healthy children and adults) Yes No No
Runny Nose (with green or yellow mucus) Yes No No
Fluid in the Middle Ear Yes No No

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