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Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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January 5, 2018
  • Antibiotics treat only bacterial infections; they don’t work on viruses like the ones that cause colds or the flu.
  • When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t make patients feel better, and side effects could be harmful.
  • Healthcare providers can prevent infections and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance by advising patients to cover coughs, clean hands, stay home when sick, and get recommended vaccines.

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

Page last reviewed: January 5, 2018