Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and the main cause of this problem is misuse of antibiotics. CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program works to make sure antibiotics are prescribed only when they are needed and used as they should. The Get Smart program focuses on common illnesses that account for most of the antibiotic prescriptions written for children and adults in doctors’ offices and other outpatient settings.
If You Have a Cold or Flu, Antibiotics Won't Work for You
Read this chart to know which common illnesses are usually viral or bacterial and when antibiotics are necessary.
- Page last reviewed: April 17, 2015
- Page last updated: April 17, 2015
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