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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

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Read this chart to know which common illnesses are usually viral or bacterial and when antibiotics are necessary.


The Story of Peggy Lillis: The Other Side of Antibiotics

The Story of Peggy Lillis The Other Side of Antibiotics

Target Audience: General public
In this video, Christian Lillis, son of Peggy Lillis, shares his personal story of losing his mother to an Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile) caused by antibiotic use.
Date released: November 17, 2016


Antibiotics Quiz

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Test your knowledge by trying your hand at this quiz about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.



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Information for patients on antibiotic use and resistance in Spanish.