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Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections such as:

  • Colds or flu;
  • Most coughs and bronchitis;
  • Sore throats not caused by strep; or
  • Runny noses.

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Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Mother With Sick Daughter Antibiotics Aren't Always the Answer
Upper respiratory infections: sinus infection, sore throat, ear infection, bronchitis, and colds…

Girl Drinking Water Symptom Relief
Learn more about how to feel better when you don't need antibiotics...

Question Mark Antibiotic Resistance
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Text BookFast Facts
About antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use…


Antibiotics Quiz

antibiotics quiz

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Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

sick girlAntibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health problems

It is important to learn about the potential danger of antibiotic resistance – and what you can do to prevent it. Remember, the power to prevent antibiotic resistance is in your hands! more...

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CDC Commentary: Don’t Give In and Give Those Antibiotics!

Get Smart for Healthcare

Pharmacists Can Make the Difference

In this podcast, a pharmacist counsels a frustrated mother about appropriate antibiotic use and symptomatic relief options for her son's cold.

A pharmacist counsels a mother about appropriate antibiotic use and symptomatic relief options for her son's cold.

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